Gift Pen and Box For a Friend

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Project by JoeMags posted 05-17-2020 07:50 PM 599 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this as a gift and surprise for a friend. He is a writer as a 2nd career and he has recently had three of his short films produced. I wanted to send him a nice fountain pen and make a box for it. I am embarrassed to say how long it has been since I made anything decent or posted here. The pandemic has given me some extra time at home and I was finally able to get this finished. As you’ll see there is a very obvious screw up on this one. I am certain that the miters were perfect when I cut them but somehow I got the box out of square when I glued and clamped it up. By the time I noticed it, it was too late. I tried to minimize it as much as possible after the fact, but in the end I had to just roll with it. The box is Mahogany and the splines and lid insert are Walnut. The inside cushion is synthetic suede over closed cell foam, over a wood block and mated to a steel plate for weight. The finish is three coats of semi-gloss poly rubbed down with steel wool between coats. The hinges are Brusso stop hinges.

Thanks for looking and take care,

Joe Mags

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#1 posted 05-17-2020 08:11 PM

Nice looking box and pen, Perfection is after all just a Perception! So I am told!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 05-18-2020 04:36 PM

That’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing the great story that goes along with this too! Scott

-- Scott Bennett - sharing woodworking knowledge

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#3 posted 05-18-2020 09:20 PM

Thank you guys. Really appreciate it. Gonna pack it up tonight and ship it tomorrow.

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