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Forum topic by Jim posted 11-14-2008 06:34 AM 15744 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-14-2008 06:34 AM

I am turning pens as Christmas Gifts this year and would like to make a nice small wooden gift box for each pen. I’ve tried everywhere including Lumberjocks to find plans for a pen box without success. I was hoping someone might have a design that has worked well for them.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#1 posted 11-14-2008 07:29 AM

I usually take a solid block, resaw it in half, and using a core box bit in the router table I rout out a channel for the pen sizing it to the specific pen. From there I will roung off the corners and drill holes for small barrel hinges to join the two halves hack together. Doing it this way keeps the grain consistent and it a nice effect. Of course you can also just use two pieces of wood for the top and bottom but I specific keep small 5/4, 64, and 8/4 cutoffs all year for this reason. I’ll dig up some pix and send them to you.

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#2 posted 11-14-2008 07:36 AM

That’s a great idea Shannon!

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#3 posted 11-14-2008 09:06 AM

That’s exactly the kind of thing I was looking for Shannon, I would love to see some pictures!

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#4 posted 11-14-2008 01:18 PM

Shannon, please post the pictures here. I’d love to see them, too.

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#5 posted 12-04-2008 03:48 PM

here’s a tip (?) i used last year a couple of times.. start with a 1+ inch blank.. i used my bandsaw to remove 1/4 inch from each side and 1/2 inch from the end… then spin the pin.. use the 4 siide and each end, a few hand cut dovetails and not only does the box match.. the grain matches..

not something you can get rich selling.. the box takes a couple of hours.. but a great gift for someone special.. IF i make another one this season i will try to post pictures.. (i not much for pictures)..

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#6 posted 12-04-2008 04:10 PM

Click for details

Here’s my spin on the pen box. Pretty much an emulation (naked rip-off) of Doug Stowe’s pen box.
More details are down in the give and take comments, so scroll down…

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