An example of the workmanship Valenzawood provides. A pen holder box for your Valenzawood Pen.
Black Walnut Pen Box
This box was the second part of a Pollyanna gift for a co-worker. The box was made of from black walnut and an unknown lumber on the edges.
The black walnut was a live edge slab of 9/4 cut that i obtained pretty cheap. I went to New Jersey in hopes of buying a 1950’s cast iron 4” Rockwell/Delta jointer for $40… that appears to be in good shape. Upon getting there, I realized I didnt read the ad well enough. It was $40 for the jointer….no motor…no belt. The blade was still in good shape, the fence held well, no knicks, no dents, but there was surface rust. a very light coat. Nothing that can not be taken off. He felt bad I think so he offered be a rough cut 4 1/2’ slab of black maple for $40. I was very interested, and expressed that I would like to buy the slab and not the jointer. Well, I think he really wanted to get rid of the jointer, cause he offered me the jointer, the 4 1/2’ 9/4 blab PLUS a rough cut 6’ 7/4 slab all for $60! Obvisouly a good deal. So after about 2 hours of planing the slab, I didnt want to make any furniture with it, but i did want smaller sections to use for small projects.
Unknown lumber used for side wood
The type of lumber used on the side is not exactly know. It was from a piece of scrap wood I had lying around the shop. It is probably some kind of pine or softwood. It had loose grain, as you can see, but the grain was MUCH darker than pine, also as you can see.
So, since it was a piece of scrap wood, before i cut it down on the bandsaw, i checked it for nails. it did not any that i could see, so i cut it down. SPARKS! I hit a nail! Damn it, my blade is trash! After I saw the spikes, i I obviously got pissed off, but decided to try and cut a different piece of it. What I found was the my blade was walking all over the place. Well, $38 and 2 days later, a new Timberwolf 70 1/2” x 3/8” $TPI blade was at my doorstep. Thank you Amazon!
Rear of the Pen Box
Here you can see a close up of the rear of the Pen Box. The squared edges of the body and the lid were rounded over with a 1/2” round over bit. Two small holes where matched in the body and lid and the small brass hidden hinges were super glued inside the holes. The curved back allows it to open without any gap in the front of the lid.
Hindged opening of Black Walnut Pen Box
Really small hinges were used in this project. Here is the link to them. What is not shown is the rear of it. I had to curve off the edged with a (i believe) 1/2 round over bit, so the rear so the that box can open with no gap from the lid to the body. Inside, the gift was a football style twist pen made with stabilized maple wood. The only thing that I wish I had made was a handle or grip of some kind. I did finish it the night before , so I didn’t have time.
Black Walnut 9/4 Slab Side B
The other side of the slab, You can see why he gave such a deal on the slab…it is an end slab. The was a rediculous amount of sapwood on this slab, that i spent 20 minutes trying to get off before I gave up to ponder a better way of getting the sapwood off. But the edge was still in good enough condition to use for the project.
Black Walnut 9/4 Slab Side A
Picture after about an hour of planing with an old Stanley wood hand plane. No, i was not trying to make the entire slab flat, I just needed to get the surface of the heartwood flat.