New Pen Display/Transportation Chest

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Project by Brady posted 08-29-2016 02:48 PM 2263 views 16 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the most time-consuming tasks at weekly markets and shows is setup and tear down. This is particularly true for pens that take time to place on a display individually.

The goals over the hot summer months in Houston were to simplify our setup so that every item type was in its own box with a self-contained display.

This is what I came up with for my pens. Constructed of solid white oak, it has a lid that opens for ample storage for pen boxes and spare parts. In the front is easily accessible storage for each of my pen boxes. It also features a pull-out shelf that doubles as a display stand. Each pen box is its own display case once the top slides off.

Finished with boiled linseed oil and a high quality paste wax.

Finding the right hardware was the biggest challenge. I knew that I wanted a vintage feel to it but it is very difficult to find hardware sets with similar finishes. After I found out about Van Dyke’s, this problem was easily solved. All of the outside hardware came from Van Dyke’s Restorers.

While I was building this, I was still selling pens. Now I have a pen inventory problem that I need to solve!

Comments and critiques most welcome.


-- Brady, Texas,

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#1 posted 08-29-2016 03:10 PM

WOW! Awesome trunk. You realy improved your pen presentation here. I like the hardware.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 08-29-2016 03:14 PM

Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

-- Brady, Texas,

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#3 posted 08-29-2016 04:51 PM

Brady, that is a wonderful piece and so useful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 08-29-2016 05:08 PM

beautiful job!

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#5 posted 08-29-2016 05:12 PM

Great idea and great work too! Beats my old plastic tool box and acrylic stands!

-- Dennis, WV

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#6 posted 08-29-2016 10:58 PM

Good looking case and good looking pens.

-- Gary, Florida

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#7 posted 08-30-2016 12:43 AM

Superb work. Very nicely done. A great collection displayed very handsomely. I hope you sell out!!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#8 posted 08-30-2016 02:07 PM

That is a beautiful case my friend.
It displays your wonderful pens splendidly.
Very nice work indeed.

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#9 posted 08-30-2016 02:14 PM

very good idea ….... I bet you set up very quickly now …......GREAT JOB


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#10 posted 08-30-2016 02:23 PM

I set up VERY quickly now. Ticks my wife off. She use to be waiting on me to finish up, now its the other way around.


-- Brady, Texas,

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#11 posted 08-30-2016 11:37 PM

That is a really great looking display. Hope you will be able to fill it up and empty it several time during the coming shows.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#12 posted 09-02-2016 03:11 AM

wow, cool display cabinet for the pens, great work!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#13 posted 09-07-2016 04:07 AM

Nice job!

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#14 posted 09-15-2016 01:54 AM

Beautiful work!

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#15 posted 11-24-2018 01:20 PM

Love the chest. I may modify it and make a jewelry chest for the Boss.


-- Guy,PEI

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