Christmas gift pencil box

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Project by Tooch posted 11-05-2016 09:01 PM 1537 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While making my most recent wine box, I knew it would take some trial and error on the new CNC machine so I made extra pieces. After only messing up one piece, I figured I had enough leftover to make a thinner box. What I came up with was this Christmas gift for my daughter’s Kindergarten teacher.

Based on my favorite rabbet-and-dado design (much to the chagrin of Boxguy Al) I was able to make 1 additional cut and make a slider lid. I used a cove bit to make faux feet, and engraved the top and bottom of the lid with a nice saying I found online.

Woods used were cherry and maple. I originally had planned to use maple plywood, but I found it gets too warped to use for a slider lid, so it’s just regular hardwood. Approximate dimensions are 2-1/2” tall, 6” wide, and 14” long… Finished with several coats of spray gloss lacquer. I am getting much better stamping my name on the bottom, but it’s still hit or miss.

Shout out to my dog Bo (pic 5) who always seems to get in the act when I shoot pictures outside.

Thanks as always for looking, comments welcome and any questions replied too!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 11-05-2016 09:17 PM

Nice job and the saying is perfect.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 11-05-2016 10:29 PM

This pencil box turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 11-05-2016 10:58 PM

Very clean cut and well done. I like it more than BO. I remember the times when it was a apple for the teacher.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 11-05-2016 11:04 PM

Way to go Tooch! Love the box and the message! Well done buddy!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 11-05-2016 11:08 PM

Thanks Tony, Charles, and Ron for the nice comments.

Dave I can’t let myself off that easy… as a teacher myself I can really appreciate how tough having 22 five yr olds is

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 11-06-2016 01:12 AM

That is a sweet box , Mike and a very nice gift. I love what you can do with that new CNC. You are making me want one, too!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 11-06-2016 03:46 AM

Beautiful work. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 11-06-2016 08:38 AM

Tooch, what a thoughtful gift. Consider me chagrined. I like the thought engraved on the inside too. I imagine lots of kids will “borrow” lots of pencils from this box during the school year.

Here is a box I made with a similar bottom treatment,, but I used a round-over bit and stopped at the start of the splines…you remember splines, don’t you? I think the faux feet add to the look.

Seriously, you have made a finely crafted box and the cherry is especially nice. Kindergarten teachers need all the support and love they can get. They are special people, and I bet your daughter idolized Miss Cerminara. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 11-06-2016 11:51 AM

Very nice. I’m sure your daughter’s teacher will appreciate the gift. And nice job by Bo too as I assume he is a shop supervisor? :)

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#10 posted 11-06-2016 11:53 AM

Great job

Great dog

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 11-06-2016 01:33 PM

Congratulations on making it to number1. But the “kerning” (see below) in the project name is not very good, for a CNC project. With CNC software, kerning is easily available, but this is an extra step to make it acceptable to a customer or picky friend. IMO Also, is the underside lettering, was it done with a laser or CNC?
“In typography, kerning (less commonly mortising) is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font, usually to achieve a visually pleasing result. Kerning adjusts the space between individual letter forms, while tracking (letter-spacing) adjusts spacing uniformly over a range of characters.[1] In a well-kerned font, the two-dimensional blank spaces between each pair of characters all have a visually similar area.”

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#12 posted 11-06-2016 04:02 PM

Beautiful wooden pencil box – good old times.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 11-07-2016 12:25 PM

Super nice. I like your stamped logo as well

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 11-09-2016 02:00 AM

Nice design. The finish looks great. Simple, clean, useful. Well done.

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