Chain Top Pencil Box

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Project by Anthony posted 10-18-2013 05:33 PM 2966 views 13 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I designed a simple jig that would allow me to drill accurate holes to make wooden hinges. Recently I came up with this plan for a pencil box that would use a wooden chain as a lid and would roll open.

The box is a very simple design, just some 1/2” Cherry that I had sitting in the shop. I simply used dowels to put it together, I wanted the chain top to draw the focus.

The chain links on the box are 3/4” Birch. I started by cutting each link piece to size and then used a round over bit on the router table to cut the curve on to each end. I then used my box joint jig to cut the fingers. After that I used my homemade jig to drill out the holes for the hinge pins which are simply made of 1/4” Poplar dowels.

The finish is a few coats of wipe on poly in satin finish.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#1 posted 10-18-2013 05:34 PM

That is just so cool!!! Beautiful design!

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#2 posted 10-18-2013 05:37 PM

This is very cool, great job…Thx for sharing…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 10-18-2013 05:41 PM

I like it.
Needs a fake key hole in the vertical piece that lifts up.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 10-18-2013 05:59 PM

Pretty dang cool.

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#5 posted 10-18-2013 06:27 PM

That is really kool, I’m going to have to try something like that!!
Thanks so much for sharing!

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#6 posted 10-18-2013 08:29 PM

Very cool box and idea for the lid, looks great and very inventive…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 10-18-2013 08:34 PM

Very nice, different look

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#8 posted 10-18-2013 08:36 PM

Nice work man !....definitely unique and eye catching ! you will see others incorporating your design into their boxes ….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#9 posted 10-18-2013 08:53 PM

Very clever idea and great looking box. You may have started a new trend.

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

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#10 posted 10-18-2013 10:55 PM

Great design! Will you share your drilling jig info with us?

I have a project in mind that needs precise drilling.

Thanks for sharing the pencil box photos.

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#11 posted 10-18-2013 11:38 PM

This is so cool and unique.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 10-19-2013 03:12 AM

very cleaver , sweet box

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#13 posted 10-19-2013 03:52 AM

Very neat idea and great outside the box thinking with this project. It’s deserving of a daily top 3.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#14 posted 10-19-2013 05:16 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Posting!

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#15 posted 10-19-2013 11:13 AM

Very cool work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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