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    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.

    Tom

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    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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    I haven't seen a pencil box in years. What a great project Nice job
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    Very cool Tom sure they will enjoy it.

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    Very neat project. Kids usually love b ones.

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    That is a very cool project Tom, probably a good one for an inspiring artist too.
    Darren

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

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    Very nice, I have a granddaughter that would love something like that, what issue of American Woodworker?
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    ah man tom, I was hoping this thread was how to get my kids to make me grandkids.....
    nice project.
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    Very cool project.
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    Jim,

    It was American Woodworker, Jun 1997. Also, this link takes you to the same article: http://books.google.com/books?id=p_Y...opage&q&f=true

    Allen,

    Provide the beer, don't keep too close an eye on them. 8^)

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