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#1 andymcc

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 13:28

My collection of pens has out grown the current storage box, I converted an old W&N paint box by lining with felt and using upholsterers foam to create individual spaces for each pen, the box holds 12 but as my collection is now nearer 30 overcrowding is a major issue.  

Last night I found a storage solution on an auction site, after a few emails with the company owner Rod I'm getting a 'craft chest' custom made (http://www.creations...craftchest.html) my chest will have 4 single drawers and a 5th double drawer.  

Rod makes a pen chest that has grooves in the drawer base to hold pens but I wanted the option to put pens in front to back and side to side(for larger pens) and to create a softer surface for the pens to rest on so thought I'd make my own inserts for the drawers, the question I have is does anyone know of a good way to create a pen tray? The way I made one for my current box works but takes ages to put together, the felt is easy to glue down but the foam is a little fiddly.  I'm wondering is maybe I could glue dowels under the felt to create something?

 

Any advice or methods anyone has used would be great, I have a week or so until my new pen home arrives so I can pick up any bits I may need :)



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#2 Samthor

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 15:10

Here are two sellers of molded slotted tray or drawer liners.
https://www.gopens.c..._12X16Trays.php

http://www.pendorape...y-liner-inserts

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 17:43

Hi Andymcc

 

Dowels do work quite well in my opinion I have made a few here is one of my favourites

 

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IMG_4805_1 by my0771, on Flickr

 

I found sticking the dowel to card and then well maybe it would be easier if you read the threads

 

http://www.fountainp...5-bigger-boxes/

 

http://www.fountainp...5-little-boxes/

 

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#4 andymcc

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 18:29

Thanks Samthor :) I've seen them trays before, they look great but shipping to the UK is around $25-30 which makes them a little expensive.

 

 

Michael them trays look perfect, sticking the dowel to card is a great idea, it would mean I can change the drawer layout in the future.  Thanks for the links too, they make me want to head to the shed and dig out the woodwork tools  :D

I'll go out this week and pick up some dowel and in a couple of weeks when I have the chest I'll update this post with plenty of pictures  :thumbup:



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Posted 23 March 2014 - 20:31

Michael can I ask what glue you use for gluing the suede? I used Copydex to glue the felt and foam inserts into my last box but I'm thinking there may be another/better type?



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Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:02

I use pva for most things although I have recently bought some specialist leather glue and it smells just like copydex.

 

I thought I would share with you how I make trays

 

As I was making more than one tray I laid out my dimensions on a piece of plywood I found it easier to put the glue onto the card then put the dowel in place

 

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IMG_4793_1 by my0771, on Flickr

 

I then formed a damp piece of card over the dowels

 

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IMG_4798_1 by my0771, on Flickr

 

I then glued the suede to the formed card folding the edges over the sides of the card leaving the ends long to be trimmed later

 

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IMG_4794_1 by my0771, on Flickr

 

The pieces were then assembled and glued into the wooden tray

 

The trick with suede is to wait until the glue is almost dry then put the suede in place I use larger dowel to apply pressure.

I think I have covered all of the stages but if I have missed anything please let me know.

 

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:45

IKEA sell flexible  CD trays.

They wont accept wide pens such as MB149 etc but regular sizes fit comfortably.

Made from a soft plastic/rubbery material. Colour is light grey and the trays are pretty cheap.

Ive got a lot of my pens in boxes fitted with this stuff and they look good.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 09:54

Thank you Michael, the photos make it really clear, I'll make sure to pick up a bit of dowel close to my pens thickness to weigh the felt down as it dries  :thumbup:

 

Thanks beejay I'll have a look on IKEAs site  :)



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Posted 27 May 2015 - 12:45

Sorry to bump an old thread but I have a question on the same topic.

Does anyone have any leads for these pen tray liners in the UK? The sellers already mentioned charge extortionate amounts for international postage.

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 20:33

Sorry to bump an old thread but I have a question on the same topic.

Does anyone have any leads for these pen tray liners in the UK? The sellers already mentioned charge extortionate amounts for international postage.

If you're still looking for a UK supply of pen tray liners I may be able to help as I have some spare.


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 20:40

I'm not very sophisticated  :notworthy1: ... I just took a manila folder, cut it to shape, scored it evenly every inch, folded it and boom. Instant drawer tray.

 

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 03:25

... I just took a manila folder, cut it to shape, scored it evenly every inch, folded it and boom. Instant drawer tray...


Hi K.,

Brilliant. I love it. :thumbup:

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 20:10

I used nice, still paper. Fold it accordian style (fold left, then fold right, then left, ...)  Easily cut to size, cheap, works great, can even write on it if you want to label your slots. Also very easily replaceable and it won't tarnish silver pens or rot anything, if you use good, acid-free paper. 

 

 

here's a pic of a small drawer of assorted Sheaffers. 

 

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And for a longer drawer, I just overlapped the paper. That would also work for a deep drawer as long as you fold it the same distance. In that case I may print up sheets with very faint lines to keep the spacing even. 

 

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I used the ability to label rows when I only had a few Esterbrook renew point nibs. I've grown out of this drawer now. 

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 01:50

...and it won't tarnish silver pens or rot anything, if you use good, acid-free paper. 


Hi Andrew,

Yes. Great point... thank you. I like your labeled nib trays, too. :)

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