Sliding lid walnut pen box

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Project by glen posted 11-09-2018 04:46 PM 1823 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had a few commissions for pens lately so I have been making these small boxes for the pens. I think it’s a nice touch. It is made out of 8/4 piece of walnut and the technique takes a few hints from bandsaw boxes.

I left the bandsaw texture in the lid – I think it gives a nice contrast

Let me know what you think

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#1 posted 11-09-2018 05:02 PM

Beautiful – I believe a nice pen deserves a nice box (see my projects). I really like the texture on the top.

If I can be so bold as to offer a critique, the box looks heavy, I’d try to lighten it by making the sides thinner. On my double pen boxes I’m using 3/16” – 1/4” thick sides. It is plenty strong enough to hold a pen. Just a thought.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#2 posted 11-09-2018 05:54 PM

Thanks for the feedback, JADobson. I’d have to figure out a new way to cut the slot for the lid, or find a bit that cuts a shallower slot. Right now, the wall thickness at the slot level is 1/8”. I’ll look into options and maybe give a thinner one a go.

Nice work on your projects. Thanks again

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#3 posted 11-09-2018 07:42 PM

Cool design – I like the scratches that you left on the surfaces.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#4 posted 11-09-2018 08:10 PM

Nice idea! May have to borrow idea as I just started to turn pens myself.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 11-10-2018 01:55 AM

Thanks Cmmyakman and Andre! Hey Andre – if you want to know more about my process for making them, just let me know. I’m sure you can figure out a way, but I think i’ve found a pretty efficient and quick way of making them.

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#6 posted 11-10-2018 11:23 AM

Nice owrk…my favourite pencil holder from elementary school.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 05-17-2021 09:56 PM

I was searching LJ for an inspiration for a box for a single candle. This is close to what I had in mind. I wish you had posted more photos!

Nice, simple box.


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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