Scots Pine Pencil Box

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    This is the first project where my dovetailing has improved to a point where I personally find it acceptable. I’m starting to get the basic routine into my hands and as I progress I can reduce the margins to my layout lines – saving a lot of paring. Paring that in my case introduce great risk of working past the lines or getting things out of square.

    Even though the dovetail box is a small project it contains a lot of different techniques: dovetailing, groove cutting, rebate cutting in the lid, raised panel on the lid and the gouge work forming the thumb recess on the lid.

    All in all I learned a lot and look forward to building more boxes.
    This one got wrapped up and became a Christmas gift for my brother.

    Happy new year 🙂

    Located in Jönköping, Sweden.

    David Gill

    That is a very well made box, I like the way the grain is running around the thumb recess , that must have been planned.Well done

    Wigan, Lancs. England :


    Good job.

    Texas, USA

    Mark Armstrong

    That’s a very crisp looking Box well done.

    Dagenham, Essex, England


    Really nice work, good job buddy

    Frankie Lee

    Very clean looking box, well done. Hopefully with a lot of practice I can get to this standard.

    John Moore

    The pencil box looks very good. Your dovetails are very tight. Way to go!

    Lakeland, Florida USA

    Greg Merritt

    Well done! A very nice example.


    Great looking box. I bet your brother will be proud to have it.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein


    Thanks for all the kind comments!

    David, as you concluded some planning went into the grain patterns. It is a big part in the final appearance but requires a lot of thought when selecting and cutting the pieces.
    The sides of the box were ment to be continous grain flowing around. But I messed up and managed to flip one piece the wrong way. That’s on my list of improvements for next time.

    All the best!

    Located in Jönköping, Sweden.


    Great job, it’s not acceptable it’s just Great))
    Thanks for posting and sharing with us)

    Toronto, Canada


    Exceptional quality on all the joinery and finish details.

    i'd prefer to make it myself

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