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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Great Pacific Northwest

    Grandkid Project

    Just finished up making three pencil boxes for the grandkids, found the project in an old American Woodworker. Spent a good bit of time working on the jig. I did make one box out of pine 2x4 scraps first just to prove to myself that the jig worked. The boxes are 10" x 2" x 2" made from Mahogany (maybe) with Maple lids. The top and bottom was one 2" x 1" stick for routing, then cut into three pieces, and finally two pieces glued together to make the fixed section. I used a plunge router with a 1/2" spiral bit to route out the cavities and a 5/8" dovetail bit to cut the chamfer for the lid to slide into. Made the lids on the table saw. Final fit and finish was done with a bench plane and a low angle block plane. Need to be very cautions, that Neander stuff is kind of interesting. 8^) They are finished with six coats of Behr's Tung Oil and several coats of wax.

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    Slide the lid back past the joint and the top section swings out. The pivot is a brass screw.

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    The lid slides completely out of the top.

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    I don't know that kids even use pencil boxes anymore, but I enjoyed the project. They will be visiting in a couple of weeks, so I'll soon find out.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    That's a great design, Tom. Who knows if they'll keep pencils in the boxes, but I'm willing to bet the grandkids will find something important to store in such a cool box.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    I haven't seen a pencil box in years. What a great project Nice job
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Very cool Tom sure they will enjoy it.

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Southeast Pa
    Very neat project. Kids usually love b ones.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    That is a very cool project Tom, probably a good one for an inspiring artist too.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Salem, OR
    Very nice, I have a granddaughter that would love something like that, what issue of American Woodworker?
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    ---Salvador Dali

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    ah man tom, I was hoping this thread was how to get my kids to make me grandkids.....
    nice project.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Very cool project.
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Great Pacific Northwest

    It was American Woodworker, Jun 1997. Also, this link takes you to the same article:


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