Japanese inspired pencil box

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Project by moshel posted 08-28-2008 01:31 AM 2879 views 19 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

inspired by Mini Japanese toolbox this is a present for my 5 years daughter that goes to school in 2 months. Its also my first box!

The wood is Matai and Silver beech (false beech). No nails. Finished with raw linseed oil danish oil and few layers of wipe on gloss poly.

She will probably loose it after two days… Oh, well.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#1 posted 08-28-2008 02:10 AM

This loooks just like a minature version of the Japanese Tool box shown in a 93 issue of American woodworker. Thiers was just pine tho, your wood choice adds a lot of character. Great piece!

-- Steve-o

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#2 posted 08-28-2008 02:34 AM

Always nice to see a box ‘outside the box’, nice looking and a ‘first’ box to be proud of. You might want to consider giving it anti-growth hormones to prevent it from growing legs in the first 2 days of school.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#3 posted 08-28-2008 02:45 AM

very nice…my 5 yr old just started school this week…this is a great gift to your duaghter that she will cherish forever…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 08-28-2008 03:10 AM

Very nice

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#5 posted 08-28-2008 03:15 AM

Very nice looking box, especially for your first one. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 08-28-2008 03:37 AM

A very nice box. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 08-28-2008 05:22 AM

Thanks. Well, its the thought that counts. she will probably loose it and at the age of 20 she will really be sorry for that…. anyway, it was a fun project to make.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#8 posted 08-28-2008 08:20 PM

A very cute box for the child.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 08-28-2008 09:33 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#10 posted 08-29-2008 05:01 PM

Great little box. I am marking it as a favorite as I would like to do something similar for gifts (maybe for sale?) Thanks for the inspiration Moshel.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#11 posted 08-30-2008 04:59 AM

You are welcome. It can actually be “produced” in larger quantities quite easily, as most of the material is same width and thickness and the joinery is simple.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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