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Artist’s Pencil Boxes

For the last several years I have made Christmas gifts for my family in the workshop. No one would call me a master craftsman but I enjoy my time in the shop and I feel that a handmade gift beats mass-produced every time! Well not every time (let’s be real) but you get my drift. This year I didn’t really start my project early enough because I was excited about completing my first scratch electric guitar build. I needed a project that could finish in time and without too much nashing of teeth. Enter “The Artist’s Pencil Boxes”, a plan which I had but never really thought I’d actually make.

Milling the Stock

I began by going through my wood reserve and landing on a lonely but willing cypress board. For this project most of the lumber was 1/4″ or less in thickness so I began by jointing and planing and cutting.

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The result, materials for six boxes.

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Making the Box

Next I routed and cut pieces to fabricate the boxes.

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Once I knew they were going to work I glued them up, then sliced them longitudinally.

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Then a peg was inserted in the bottom half and the top fit to the bottoms for each box.

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Getting each of the tops to slide smoothly was chose but I kept at it until I was satisfied they would open on Christmas.

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Six completed boxes and ready for a simple shellac finish. No time for anything else really!

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Pack ’em up and ship ’em; Christmas isn’t going to wait!

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Hopefully I’ll plan ahead for next year but…. don’t count on it!!!

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