pen box and pen

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Project by lawrence posted 09-02-2012 02:45 AM 1892 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I’ve been asked by my Commander if I could make some pens/boxes for him to give to his officers after his change of command which is at the end of the month.

I have been struggling and couldn’t come up with a box that I was happy with (or a design that fit his desire to have a coin mounted in the top- this meant that I couldn’t really do a hinged box)

I originally came up with this very simple idea, which I planned to round over with a sander a bit, but I was not happy at all with the design. Though the coin worked because the top hinged horizontally, it just didn’t “feel right”. The last picture is the design I came up with.

On Friday, LOML and I were in Woodcraft and I saw another Carvewright owner’s AWESOME pen box that he had on display there (that he made with his carvewright) and it was like a light bulb went off… when I got home I contacted him and asked him if the pattern was for sale—

He quickly answered me back that it was (in the Carvewright Pattern sales area here)

I realized fairly quickly that though the basic concept of his design was amazing and exactly what I was looking for, I needed to come up with my own pattern to adjust for the requirements that my customer had set up (coin in top, name on top, squadron motto inside, hold one pen). With his permission I designed my own version inspired by his pattern and the first picture is what I came up with.

My first try with the new pattern was a failure as I did not make the “lip” heavy enough and it broke through- the second try in cherry turned out quite nicely I think. It is cherry with shellac/transtint medium brown followed up by 2 wet sandings with a BLO/varnish mix. The lettering was accented with a black paint pen.

As always, thanks for your comments, and THANK YOU to Steve for the inspiration and permission to create a derivative of his work.


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#1 posted 09-02-2012 03:28 AM

That’s pretty cool!

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#2 posted 09-02-2012 05:44 AM

Very nice boxes. Escpecially like Richard Head’s.. :-)

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#4 posted 11-25-2012 11:23 PM

Very nice. I have a CNC so I just may have to copy this design too. And is the guy’s name really Richard Head? I knew a police officer years ago with that name. And he proudly used the common nickname for Richard. Even had business cards with that printed on them until the Chief found out and ordered him not to use them.

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