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    Default Pencil Case for My Daughter

    Hello again from the land up over.
    This is my second post and it's one of my earlier boxes. I used salvaged pallet wood for the sides, bloodwood for the bottom, and lacewood for the top. The box joints were done on my WoodRat which made them really easy but, I didn't pay attention and plan the locations of the innies and outies very well. I also Ratted the slots for the top and bottom. I sanded to 220 and used pure tung oil for the finish.

    I hope this isn't too big of a drag on the fine work I've seen here but also hope that any beginners will see that there is always hope and room for improvement. I can tell you that it would take me half an hour to explain the flaws to my daughter and even then I don't think she would get it. She filled it up with her pencils right away and smiles every time she takes one out. She doesn't smile as much when I have to remind her to put them away for some reason. Point is, she loves it.



    Thanks,
    Jim

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    Heya Jim. Nice case.

    I'm surprised the pallet wood came up so nicely. Hardwood I presume? The pallets I've scrounged I thought I wouldn't use in a million years but this is giving me second thoughts

    How'd you do the finger hole for the lid? It looks kind of...erm...nipply

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    I'm always surprised at the pallet wood I'm able to scrounge. The best stuff I get comes from tile stores. Tile is usually imported to the US from Mexico or South America where the junk wood is hard and readily available.

    I used the WoodRat to do the finger hole in the lid. The bit was a 1/2" straight cutting bit. I set the bit above the board and lowered it. It left the impression you see.

    Thanks for reading,
    Jim

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    Flaws make it all the more special for the recipient, I reckon

    Using recycled wood is always a good thing. Your daughter is obviosuly right to love it!

    Cheers,
    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimFuller1 View Post
    I hope this isn't too big of a drag on the fine work I've seen here but also hope that any beginners will see that there is always hope and room for improvement. I can tell you that it would take me half an hour to explain the flaws to my daughter and even then I don't think she would get it. She filled it up with her pencils right away and smiles every time she takes one out. She doesn't smile as much when I have to remind her to put them away for some reason. Point is, she loves it.



    Thanks,
    Jim
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    Kind words fellas. Thanks a mint.

    Jim

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    Default lace wood

    the lid in lace wood looks like our aussie silky oak, of course not oak at all but grevillia robusta, misnamed like many of our native timbers. ive seen it called lace wood in U.S. mags , is it hard to source there in houston?nice job by the way mate,woodsurfer

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    Very Nice Jim, and I am happy your daughter is so pleased with it.

    The Lacewood in the USA is usually from a species of Cardwellia found in South America, mostly Brasil. It is related to our Northern Silky Oak, which is also a Cardwellia.

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    thanks for the info and welcome back to these shores Artme, woodsurfer

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    What he said...

    Oh, it's not hard to come by in Houston because I have a primo hardwood lumber company I use.

    Thanks again,
    Jim

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    Nice box and a break from the traditional ends.

    Lacewood I have in the UK I have found to be liable to splinter, perhaps your timber is of better quality than mine.
    woody U.K.

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    Love it.
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    Cheers John

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    Very nice! And to think you made it from "scraps". I love a thrifty woodworker.
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