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#1 penmanila

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:48

some of you might find this interesting (and doable!).

tired of lugging several small leather cases around to our regular pen club meets here in manila, i decided to repurpose a wooden carrying case meant for artists' tools--paints, brushes, and palette--into a pen case. the only other big thing i needed was a pen tray from gopens.com (not bad at $7 per tray, good for 48 pens cut horizontally); all the wood used here came from the dividers in the original box. also some glue and varnish.

here's the full sequence of pics of the case in the making (stupid me forgot to take a pic of the artists' case with the original layout inside, but you can imagine that):



wish i could say that i did this all myself, but i had some help from a handyman-friend, so this wasn't exactly DIY ;) i can resac vacumatics but am a klutz with a saw :(

at any rate, am very happy with the results--especially the little box in the middle that serendipitously proved a perfect fit for two pelikan TG-1 ink bottles.

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now all i need is a little brass nameplate, and this baby will be good to go.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 13:00

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 13:01

Oh, how wonderful! Beautiful little project. It turned out amazingly well. You'll be proud to bring that to pen meets, I'm sure. And you'll get lots of attention for your custom-made box. Well done!
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 13:28

I'm BLOWN away.....very well done!!!!
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 15:14

Very, very nice! Thank you for sharing your photos and showing us how you made this excellent carrying case. :thumbup:

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 16:24

thanks, folks! i'm looking at this as a prototype, thinking how the same space/s might be put to other or better uses, such as a compartment for basic tools... or maybe i should just think of another project, a pen repair toolbox ;)
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 17:29

Very handsome pen case! Nice work.
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 17:36

I like it a lot! Very innovative!

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 17:39

Impressive and inspirational. Thanks. :yikes:
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 22:48

Thanks again!
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 16:49

some of you might find this interesting (and doable!).

tired of lugging several small leather cases around to our regular pen club meets here in manila, i decided to repurpose a wooden carrying case meant for artists' tools--paints, brushes, and palette--into a pen case. the only other big thing i needed was a pen tray from gopens.com (not bad at $7 per tray, good for 48 pens cut horizontally); all the wood used here came from the dividers in the original box. also some glue and varnish.

here's the full sequence of pics of the case in the making (stupid me forgot to take a pic of the artists' case with the original layout inside, but you can imagine that):



wish i could say that i did this all myself, but i had some help from a handyman-friend, so this wasn't exactly DIY ;) i can resac vacumatics but am a klutz with a saw :(

at any rate, am very happy with the results--especially the little box in the middle that serendipitously proved a perfect fit for two pelikan TG-1 ink bottles.

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now all i need is a little brass nameplate, and this baby will be good to go.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 22:14

Thanks! I'm going to have that nameplate done this week and will update the pics.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 15:43

Very nice work; good job!
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 23:07

Very lovely. Awesome job. Makes me wish I had tools to fashion something similar myself. Can't wait to see the name plate. Thanks for sharing with us.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:13

thanks--that danged nameplate is taking longer than it took to put this whole thing together ;) meanwhile, i had another couple of cases made, still using the gopens trays (they're really nifty--you could cut them up yourself and put them in cigar boxes and such). these other trays will stay at home and house the bulk of my collection, while the wooden box with the handle will be for the road.

here are my best vacs in the other new case:

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:30

here are my best vacs in the other new case:



Jeeeesssus man... Now I know why I can't find a vac. :blink:


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:26

You have done some terrific work there. Very nice.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 21:06

Absolutely astonishing! Great work. Congrats!

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 13:07

Very nice! I had a similar idea but with a different execution. I just posted it, take a look at

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I must say, I do like better yours!

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:52

finally--the brass plate is up on my DIY pen box. project complete!

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:00

finally--the brass plate is up on my DIY pen box. project complete!


Absolutely fantastic! Well done! Enjoy your new case. I hope it travels well and that you get many years of enjoyment from it.
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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:35

and here's that case again with a leather Sapiens portfolio for loose papers tucked in:

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:41

AMAZING... I am so envious.. I need to make my own. ;)


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 14:40

couldn't resist adding two final touches to the case:

an easily removable palette-type board that i can write on, and also for added protection to the interior,

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and rubber studs to the bottom of the case (the hinge was making it unstable standing up):

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 15:02

Excellent... :thumbup:

You know, if you start making more, I would certainly buy one. :clap1:



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 15:10

couldn't resist adding two final touches to the case:

an easily removable palette-type board that i can write on, and also for added protection to the interior,


One quick suggestion for your board... You might want to add a little leather tab (fasten it to the bottom of the board and let it stick up from one of the slots around the edge) so that you can grab it easily and get it out of there.

This case is fantastic!!!!
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 22:59

great idea, thanks. the board actually pops out quite easily by pressing a finger on a corner, but i think a leather tab would look neat.

thanks, too, cyber6--i could make more of these but i'm about 8,000 miles away from where most of you are ;) help yourself to the idea, though--i'm sure a lot of old boxes and cases out there can be repurposed similarly without too much trouble.


couldn't resist adding two final touches to the case:

an easily removable palette-type board that i can write on, and also for added protection to the interior,


One quick suggestion for your board... You might want to add a little leather tab (fasten it to the bottom of the board and let it stick up from one of the slots around the edge) so that you can grab it easily and get it out of there.

This case is fantastic!!!!


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 23:32

I must agree with everyone - these cases are beautiful!!! Now I'm on the hunt for some cases of my own to do some DIY work. :thumbup:
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:40

This is awesome! I'm sure a lot of the FPN-P peeps wanted you to make one for them as well. Where did you get the brass nameplate made?

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:26

Hi, Maryanne--a local pen club member named Tato Faustmann runs a metal plating company called 7 Castles and he graciously offered to make the name plate for me for a very reasonable price (USD$7)--and it's real brass at that ;)
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