A Couple of Pencil Boxes

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Project by littlecope posted 08-17-2013 04:38 AM 3517 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had so much fun in the last blog making one of these, that I made another one the next day…
What luck! Because it just so happens that our neighbors have two young ladies that will be heading back to school soon! :)
The Girls have befriended Debbie and I, and I thought they might like these to take the sting out of the Summer’s end and their return to Academia…
I’ve made dozens of signs with lettering and expected that to go fairly routinely, but that was not to be! The lettering caused numerous headaches this time, starting first with the spelling of their names, continuing into the pattern making of the letters, and on into their choices of color…
The pattern making was tough…
I use a set of cursive letters that are transferred onto paper and actually cut out and taped to form the names…
“Emmaleigh” is a long name, and in order to fit had to be drawn and cut with very small letters… the smaller, the more difficult to Scroll…
“Taiylor” was fraught with other difficulties! I could use a bigger set of letters, but I didn’t have the exactly “Right Size”... so I attempted to re-size them on the computer… LoL!!
I somehow stumbled around in “Paint” and “Print” long enough to get a size close to what I wanted (but I couldn’t tell you how it was done!)
And then there was the lettering set itself… When the name was drawn out, the “T” looked nothing like one, it looked like a “Z”...

I searched on-line, and found practice sheets for learning how to write, but theirs’ looked like “J”s…
Finally, I was forced to search my memory deeply (I gave up writing in the third grade, have printed everything since)...
We are talking a-ways back, where things get fuzzy and unreliable…
I’m probably wrong, but I think they are written the same as a lower case only taller and crossed at the top…
Anyhow, that’s how this T was done…

The painting was another story.
The Girl’s Mom told us their favorite colors, Orange and Purple (and which one was who’s)
Have you ever looked for Purple Spray Paint?!
Orange, I said, “Cool, I got some of that…”
Only the Orange I had was “Pumpkin Orange”, a particularly dull version of the vibrant color…

I got some day-glo Orange ultimately at the same craft store where I found Purple…

Toughest lettering job I think I’ve ever done, but it’s a funny thing about that…
Those projects that fight the hardest to get made,
are usually the ones that stick in the memory the longest and are remembered with the most fondness…

These have yet to be given. The Polyurethane that went over-all will get a chance to dry for a week or so before the girls enter second and third grades respectively…
Thanks for your time, Comments are always appreciated! :)

17 August 2013

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 08-17-2013 04:45 AM

These are very nice my friend.


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#2 posted 08-17-2013 04:57 AM

Leith, It’s good to hear from you, and Thank You!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 08-17-2013 08:16 AM

Nice work Mike. They should be a hit with the girls. You will no doubt get orders for them from their classmates.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 08-17-2013 09:38 AM

What a great idea Mike. They are wonderfully different and will no doubt be a big hit. Very well done

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#5 posted 08-17-2013 10:32 AM

Super! Very useful, and more attractive than anything in the bookstore. I particurely like the hinges. I’ve never tried to make any but I will soon.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#6 posted 08-17-2013 10:54 AM

Stefang: If I get orders that would be fine with me Mike, but they would not be cheap! The box itself takes no time to make (30-40 min.), but the hinges surely do (2 hrs.+)... And the lettering only takes a half hour or so to cut, but can take an additional hour to work-up the pattern
Paints and Poly- $9- $11 a can…
At least I could save some on the Magnets! For these two boxes , I went to Radio Shack and bought four pair at $2.99 each…
That’s a lot!! So I went to a site mentioned here on LJ’s, Applied Magnets...
Even with the outrageous shipping cost, I got 100 of them at $0.26 each, or $0.52 a pair…
I haven’t accurately done the Math, but in order to make any money for my time, and cover expenses, they would easily be in the $100+ range…
Rex: Can’t hardly wait to see their faces when they get them Roger…:) Thanks for your kind words and I hope all is well with you my Friend…
Handtooler: Thank you too Russ! Hinges are really not very hard, so long as you take your time and think them through…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 08-17-2013 11:25 AM

School days souvenirs.
Very nice my friend.

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#8 posted 08-17-2013 11:58 AM

Perfect personalized pencil boxes! They’re wonderful Mike and a kind gesture on your part.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 08-17-2013 12:19 PM

Now thats a pencil box…..fine job sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#10 posted 08-17-2013 12:26 PM

Lucky young ladies ! Way to go Mike !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#11 posted 08-17-2013 01:26 PM

great idea! Good job on the detail too!

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#12 posted 08-17-2013 01:51 PM

Nicely Done, Mike!
I’m sure these young ladies will cherish the boxes!
Isn’t it funny how we love to make and give gifts but never really worry about the costs.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 08-17-2013 02:02 PM

seems like everyone needs to go to school again
when it comes to woodworking

an endless education

you will be eating allot of
peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
when the orders roll in

these came out great

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 08-17-2013 02:41 PM

Thanks Everybody, I really do appreciate your kind words…
Lew: Therein lies the Fun my Friend… There is a huge difference between doing what we want to do, rather than doing what others want us to do!
Patron: I’m ready for all those orders…
I’ll pass on the PJ sandwich though…
Everyone has got their drothers,
and I’d drother have Balogna…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 08-17-2013 02:43 PM

Very, VERY cool! I love the names! Great scrolling! :) They are going to love them!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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