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I agree with alc3261, Michael - the molding looks really nice, perfect for pen cradles. In some ways, I also agree with fushiaprincess and her comment in your Little Boxes thread that leaving the wood of the molding exposed instead of covering it with leather, etc., would look very nice - a good contrast with the darker wood of the box - but, like her, I imagine that the pens would be "happier" lying on something a little softer. I wonder if leaving the top part of the wood (where the molding touches the next piece of molding or the side of the box) uncovered would work? Might make gluing on the lining a bit tedious, though. Speaking of which, I am looking forward to seeing how you get on with gluing on the cradle lining. (And I hope that you get to feeling better soon.)

 

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Henry Simpole has been kind enough to share this method with me it has taken me a little while to get my head round it.

I have just bought 15m and will use this on all of my future projects it is a little more tricky to apply the leather.

I have cut most of the molding for Holly s box but have not fixed it in place until I have worked out exactly how I will attach the leather.

I will post more pictures when I have worked it out.

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Michael

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I have not worked out how I am going to add the leather as yet but I have cut the rest of the molding if anyone is interested there are 78 pieces in total.

 

Which adds up to almost 15m

 

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8532/8575755634_3bc2837356_z.jpg

IMG_0144 by my0771, on Flickr

 

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IMG_0157 by my0771, on Flickr

 

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IMG_0159 by my0771, on Flickr

 

The upper tray has two small dowels that hold the back of the tray in place I removed one dowel to remove the tray.

I need to fix the tray in place before I add the insert or the leather.

I think the best thing to do is to glue the insert together then add the leather and fit the tray into the box and then glue the insert into the tray.

more to follow

Michael

For more details on my current projects please visit my blog.

 

https://my63leather.wixsite.com/my63

 

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Todays update is on alc3261 s box two trays for small pens 15mm diameter one tray for larger pens 20 mm diameter.

I have moved from dowels to Henrys method of creating pen holders.

As always there is an issue when I made the trays I had dowels in mind

The trays for the 15mm pens are 18mm deep and the 20mm trays are 22mm deep the molding takes up 4mm

 

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8377/8581306887_2e228e1138_z.jpg

IMG_0193 by my0771, on Flickr

 

As you can see I have glued the moldings in pairs I will remove the extra material from the bottom of the pairs to make them the size I want.

It wont be as hard as it sounds I have a bench top belt sander that will make short work of this softwood.

 

One of the other dilemmas with this box was hinges the orinional hinges I wanted to use were not suitable for this box and also unavailable.

I had thought of using barrel hinges but as they did not have a built in stop the lid would have been able to open fully and only stop when the lid and base touched.

I am pleased to say I have found a smaller version of the first hinge they are gold plated and have a built in stop at 95 degrees.

 

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8249/8582453444_2846665c00_z.jpg

IMG_0205 by my0771, on Flickr

 

Thanks

Michael

For more details on my current projects please visit my blog.

 

https://my63leather.wixsite.com/my63

 

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PROGRESS:

 

I've successfully installed the bottom tray for my pen-chest. I'm yet to put in the dividers, though. I shall do that tomorrow, when I have the time (and the sunlight!) to do it properly.

 

After they're in, and the supports are in, and the glue has dried, then I must tackle the top tray (and some lift-out tabs as well).

 

When my whole project is finished, I estimate to be able to hold about 100+ pens.

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I like the way the pen cradles look, Michael. Attaching the leather may be a bit of a challenge but I bet they are really going to look nice when you are done.

 

Your project seems to be coming along nicely, too, Shangras; hope to see more pictures!

 

Holly

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It was way too cold here to take the bench sander outside today so it was indoor work only.

 

I joined a woodworkers forum this week and posted a few pictures of this box with some questions about hinges it was suggested that I should strengthen the mitre joints with some splines.

 

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8237/8583049573_6f7bd98624_z.jpg

IMG_0215 by my0771, on Flickr

 

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IMG_0225 by my0771, on Flickr

 

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IMG_0213 by my0771, on Flickr

 

As you can see from the last picture I also added some rare earth magnets to keep the lid closed.

 

obviousley these additions make the inside of the lid opening very untidy so it was necessary to do something about it.

 

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8099/8583091655_39bc49baf8_z.jpg

IMG_0241 by my0771, on Flickr

 

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IMG_0251 by my0771, on Flickr

 

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IMG_0254 by my0771, on Flickr

 

No I did not mix up the images these are the pictures after the veneer was applied.

 

Thanks for looking

 

Michael

For more details on my current projects please visit my blog.

 

https://my63leather.wixsite.com/my63

 

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Very nice work....Your veneering is quite good!

God is seldom early, never late, and always on time.

~~Larry Brown

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If Michael doesn't mind, here are the latest photographs of my box-in-progress. Nothing on the same line as what he could produce, of course, but this is my own humble little effort, with my dad's help...

 

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a215/Fruffles/Pen%20Chest/IMG_0819_zpsc0630e9b.jpg

 

The box will have two trays. This is the bottom one. The upper tray will rest on top of the lower one, on some blocks of wood, and be lifted out with some leather tabs.

 

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a215/Fruffles/Pen%20Chest/IMG_0817_zpsc57071dd.jpg

 

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a215/Fruffles/Pen%20Chest/IMG_0818_zpse47ee1e3.jpg

 

The lining is brown suede fabric. I originally wanted to use green felt, but we couldn't find any in decent-enough sizes to cover the necessary real-estate.

 

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a215/Fruffles/Pen%20Chest/IMG_0820_zps3041797c.jpg

 

Some of my pens were impatient to move into their new home. I tried to stop them, but they put their nibs up to my neck and threatened bodily harm.

 

As it is there, the box is about...oh...80-90% finished?

 

I still have to sort out the top tray, put in the dividers, the lift-tabs, the tray-rests, then I have to sort out a couple of other aesthetic things. Then a final touch-up. But for all intents and purposes, the box is ready for use.

 

In case someone tries to steal my pens, the box also comes with keys:

 

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a215/Fruffles/Market%20Pix/box-keys1.jpg

 

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a215/Fruffles/Market%20Pix/box-keys4.jpg

Edited by Shangas

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I wanted to share these pictures with you this part of the alc3261 box is not yet finished but I have overcome my biggest fear.

As you can see there are no holes in the top of the lid and no screws sticking through

 

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8526/8585919141_bd219aec56_z.jpg

IMG_0258 by my0771, on Flickr

 

Hinges

Yes we have hinges and they work

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8509/8587020976_6e24a4d4d0_z.jpg

IMG_0259 by my0771, on Flickr

 

I am really pleased with the fitting of the hinges I need to do a little filling and some fettling of the position of the lid itself.

 

I do hope that people are not getting tired of these projects.

Michael

For more details on my current projects please visit my blog.

 

https://my63leather.wixsite.com/my63

 

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I'm another one that is really enjoying following the progress of the various projects that you have undertaken. Please don't stop the updates .

 

I for one don't have the skills to undertake this sort of work, and only wish I did. If you find yourself with a box without a home, please let me know.

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I'm another one that is really enjoying following the progress of the various projects that you have undertaken. Please don't stop the updates .

 

I for one don't have the skills to undertake this sort of work, and only wish I did. If you find yourself with a box without a home, please let me know.

 

Hi view from the loft.

I still have the first writing slope from this thread after its sale fell through.

After that experience I have only refurbished or made small boxes on request.

This is the first large box I have made it has taken many hours but I have learned a lot.

If you are interested in a box drop me a message.

 

Regards

 

Michael

For more details on my current projects please visit my blog.

 

https://my63leather.wixsite.com/my63

 

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The level of skill and attention to detail shown here is amazing. I'm looking forward to my finished box (but no rush, take it at your own pace). Love the pictures and step by step updates.

+1 :thumbup:

 

Holly

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Here is the first attempt at a tray insert for Hollys box

 

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8099/8591382767_753633b926_z.jpg

IMG_0266 by my0771, on Flickr

 

The trays had been desgined to have dowels rather than moldings they are sitting too high so when the snow stops I am going to remove the lower portion below the pencil line

 

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8383/8592488754_bd2192fb2a_z.jpg

IMG_0276 by my0771, on Flickr

 

I have fitted the seperators into the trays so I have a size to work to,

I have cut some of the leather ready to stick into the inserts.

 

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8379/8591404063_d66f2fb2e6_z.jpg

IMG_0280 by my0771, on Flickr

 

This box brings its own challenges I dont want to add too much weight so I am using modelers card rather than plywood I am not making seperate trays to go inside the box.

The box needs to be finished and the cantilever system screwed back together before I fix the inserts in place.

I hope that is clear.

Thanks for looking

Michael

For more details on my current projects please visit my blog.

 

https://my63leather.wixsite.com/my63

 

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