Pencil Box

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Project by DanielS posted 06-12-2014 10:24 PM 2452 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This should be called “The Box of 1000 Mistakes”. It seems like I invented ways to drop pieces, measure from the wrong side, and cut crooked throughout this project. In the end, it didn’t turn out too hideous.

I’m really a fan of quartersawn Sycamore and Cherry, and think that they compliment each other very well. I have a few small pieces of both and will probably be making some more boxes out of them in the near future.

This was a hand tool only project. I don’t have enough power for tailed equipment, so it makes resawing a little more difficult. Small boards like this go quickly though. Since the last time I finished Sycamore, I’ve gotten a cabinet scraper and card scrapers. I feel like I have been missing out for years. Probably one of the best tool investments that I’ve made.

Let me know what you think.

-- Daniel S

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Dan Hux

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#1 posted 06-13-2014 01:56 AM

Great wood contrast, looks very nice. I got my first set of nice chisels a few weeks ago. What a difference they make.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#2 posted 06-13-2014 02:49 AM

Thank you Dan. I’ve got a set of old Pextos. They took some work to get going, but they cut really well. I made a strop a few weeks ago. It has definitely helped me in finishing edges.
After looking at the picture of the nailed on bottom, that is a remnant pencil line. Also finish is blo and paste wax.

-- Daniel S

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#3 posted 06-13-2014 07:36 AM

Dan, I like your wood combination. The sycamore has a nice grain pattern in it. In the spirit of sharing you might want to look at this pencil box. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 06-13-2014 11:39 AM

I like it, would be a fine result for myself, so I keep making mistakes and try to learn a bit more, thanks for sharing.

-- Pete in NC

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#5 posted 06-13-2014 12:16 PM

Thank you Al and Pete. Al , I’ve looked at many of the projects you’ve posted. I really like the “Moonrise at the Beach”. I’m originally from the hills of southern IN. I need to read through your tutorials, but havent had time to.

-- Daniel S

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