pencil holders - round two

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Project by CameronD posted 10-08-2013 02:24 AM 1543 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a week off work in June and needed a project. These pencil boxes were a great way to practice some basic miter joints using the table saw as well as rabbet the bases. They became thank you gifts for people at work and I’ve had requests from two others.

They are made from 1/4 inch box store poplar with some shellac and paste wax. The bottoms have some cork to cushion and protect pencil tips.

I tried prefinishing the insides before gluing and found that the pieces all cupped (see photo 3). Browsing the web I came across something about sunlight and water may help flatten the pieces. Having little to lose and 24 cupped sides, I put them on a damp towel in the sun for a few minutes and found I had overdone it, so I flipped them a couple times until they finally settled.

All in all a fun project to try and practice some basics.

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#1 posted 10-08-2013 02:55 AM

Nice simple pencil boxes. Should of made a couple with the cupped sides. That might of had a cool appearance. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 10-08-2013 04:22 AM

Nice little boxes. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 10-08-2013 12:42 PM

I like the idea of putting cork in the base. I’ll keep that in mind when I make some of these.

Thanks for sharing, good work.


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#4 posted 10-08-2013 08:55 PM

Good looking set of pencil holders! Simple, basic, and useful. I’m sure your co-workers appreciate them!

By the way, would you mind sharing the dimensions of the pencil holders? I need to make one for my desk!

Keep up the good work,

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 10-09-2013 12:12 AM

Thanks for the compliments.

Dean, I am happy to share. The wood was dimensional lumber from Home Depot, so 3 1/2 inches wide by 1/4inch thick. The box sides then are 3 1/2 inches wide by 4 1/4 thick. The bottom is 3 1/2 square with a 1/8 inch deep rabbet cut 1/4 in, making the overall dimension 4 3/8 tall.

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#6 posted 10-09-2013 03:02 AM

Nice project and as you wrote good for practice. I made similar use of time a few years ago and made 3 feet long tubes then cut them to size as toolbox / drawer inserts for smaller parts. To complete the bottoms I used hot glue and scrap 1/8 inch lexan. Let the glue cool then take a iron and a towel and set it on top off the bottoms letting the glue again get warm. This sealed the bottoms well enough that 3 years later they still are holding. A friend saw them as I was making them and asked for one himself 2 feet tall. A week after I dropped it off he had a circular sawblade driven into the top and a base made with the title on the base “Major Award”. (Laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 10-10-2013 05:29 AM

Great job. Maybe that should work its way into some Xmas lists….

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#8 posted 10-10-2013 02:37 PM

Cool pencil holders! Like them simple but well made and love your idea on the cork. Great job!

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