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Forum topic by ipstar posted 01-19-2011 04:33 PM 949 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2011 04:33 PM

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i want to make some pen boxes but i need suggestions on how i could do these


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#1 posted 01-19-2011 09:29 PM

At one time I was a penaholic. I made many pens that I sold or gave away as gifts. I’ve been through a 12 step program and now I am a recovering penaholic.

When I was so active in pen making I tried making pen boxes. I could not find a way to make them on an efficient basis. I could never make one is less than an hour and you can buy them ready made for $1.60 – $10.00. You can buy perfectly adequate ones for in the $3 – $5 range.

http://www.pennstateind.com/store/PKBOXM1X.html

IMO, you need a box to sell or give away a pen. However, no one buys a pen because of the box. They buy the pen because they like the pen. I used to offer cheap plastic box for free with each pen and offer to upgrade to a wooden box for an extra $3.00. I think it was about a 50/50 mix between wooden and plastic.

http://www.pennstateind.com/store/PK-BOX3.html

It may be relevant to say that most of my pens sold in the $20 – $40 range. Once you get some experience you can make pens in less than 15 minutes each if you are doing them is batches of 10 or more.

I don’t mean to discourage you on making your own boxes. I am just sharing my experience.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 11:11 PM

Rj posted some pen boxes a while back. Here is the link : http://lumberjocks.com/projects/24983 Might be something you are interested in.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#3 posted 01-20-2011 02:49 PM

thank you both. i really only wanna make the boxes for when im giving the pens as a gift

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#4 posted 01-20-2011 08:02 PM

richgreer do you have a plan on the boxes you made?? and how you made them?

and Pdub i had a look at the boxes Rj posted they are really impressive but i don’t understand fully how he made them

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