Arty farty Pen boxes

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Project by Div posted 12-21-2010 08:55 PM 4201 views 23 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been making butt jointed pen boxes for some time now. Simple and straightforward, similar in construction to Andy’s “palm boxes, I regularly supply a craft gallery with them. My boxes are all around 200 mm long.

After Andy recently posted his beautiful Palm boxes, I got all fired up to make some more refined versions, some “art” boxes. I dropped off this batch at the craft gallery this past weekend. Obviously they have too be much more expensive than my “standard” versions and I wasn’t sure if they would sell. Well, I was there for about 2 hours, talking to some of the other woodworkers, and in that time, 2 boxes were sold already. It looks like I will have to add an “art range” to my standard line!

Thanks for the inspiration Andy; it is what makes LJ’s so great!

Picture 1. The refined versions.
Picture 2. The standard versions.
Picture 3. Candlewood and Forest Alder
Picture 4. Purple heart and Cape Holly
Picture 5. Maple and Candlewood
Picture 6. White Pear and Cape Holly(Andy’s design)

Any comments, critique, suggestions are welcome.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 09:02 PM

Great looking boxes. I like both versions. Gotta add this to my already too long list of things to try.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#2 posted 12-21-2010 09:07 PM

Very impressive. Looks like you were a busy boy, they are all great.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#3 posted 12-21-2010 09:08 PM

Very nice work! I like how you varied the designs, a little bit of everything.
Good job Div,

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#4 posted 12-21-2010 09:08 PM

yep they like nice Div.
you deffently have a new line there :-)

take care

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#5 posted 12-21-2010 09:10 PM

It’s clear why they sold so quickly. These are really nice!
I’m also currently having a go at making one of these using some scrap wood. I may have to make a few before they are this nice.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#6 posted 12-21-2010 09:13 PM

Excellent boxes, Div. Particularly impressed with the wrap around Purpleheart line in the fourth pic.

Even the standard models look good. Amazing what a bit of rounding and the odd line will do though, isn’t it?

Good luck (and sales) with these.

Considerately posted (as one rather than several posts) too.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 12-21-2010 09:28 PM

Hey Div, I like every one of them old and new versions. I think it’s pretty neat how Andy, thousands of miles away inspired you to take a new look at your boxes. I am dying to hear if Santa has brought you anything. LOL. Any day now I hope.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 12-21-2010 10:02 PM

Beautiful little boxes Div…..... love the variation of design and the artistic touch to them.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#9 posted 12-21-2010 11:55 PM

Very Nice Work! I really like them.
I am curious To know what you charge for these, You say much more than standard version.
With everyone making these beautiful boxes. How do you price such a thing?
I really wish to be able to make something this Beautiful someday.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#10 posted 12-22-2010 12:37 AM

Hi brother,
Just like you, a big span of colors.
It’s so wonderful inspiration can run arround the globe.
My personal favorite are no 3, it is quiet but yet elegant, and with some sweet curves.
So there will be christmas presents for the kids this year, all payed by sweat and scrapwood.
I have decided to make some boxes with some of the wood you send me, so perhaps I can make one of them by this model.
Best thoughts, and a merry christmas to all of you from us,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#11 posted 12-22-2010 01:45 AM

Nice! I like how you offset the thumb recess to compliment the decorative features – good eye for the details!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 12-22-2010 01:47 AM

Hi Div;

Really nice pen boxes. I’m not surprised they sell.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 12-22-2010 01:51 AM

Awful….........darn pretty . Good design and incorporating of Andy s designs.


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#14 posted 12-22-2010 08:03 AM

Very nice boxes Div.

I like them all!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 12-22-2010 02:55 PM

Hey Div, looks to me you nailed a home run with this beautiful collection of boxes. You done good bud.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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