How to Make a Wooden Pencil Case


If you want a wooden pencil case and you’re a woodworking hobbyist or do-it-yourself enthusiast, you want to be able to make your own. This project is ideal for beginners because it doesn’t require a lot of different tools and it doesn’t require any advanced skills.

Things You'll Need

  • Two plywood boards, 8-by-2-by-¼-inch each
  • Miter saw
  • Two plywood boards, 8-by-1 1/2-by-¼-inch each
  • Two plywood boards, 1 1/2-by-1 1/2-by-¼-inch each
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Chisel
  • Two 1-inch hinge kits
  • Drill
  • Build a wooden box frame using the two 8-by-1 1/2-inch boards and the two 1 1/2-inch square boards. Attach the pieces using wood glue and clamp them together for an hour to let the glue dry.

  • Attach one of the 8-by-2-inch plywood boards to the wooden box frame using wood glue and clamp the pieces together for an hour to let the glue dry.

  • Flip the box over so the plywood board is the base of the box and chisel off any excess glue that seeped out anywhere on the box.

  • Smooth out all the surfaces of the box using different grades of sandpaper. Apply a coat of wood stain to the box. Repeat with the remaining 8-by-2-inch board, which will be the lid for the wooden pencil case.

  • Attach two 1-inch hinges to one 8-inch long edge of the lid. The hinge kit will have the necessary screws for the hinges. Each hinge should be 1 inch from either corner of the board and 4 inches away from each other. Drill the screws into the board to hold the hinges in place.

  • Place the board over the box and drill the other side of the hinges onto the frame of the box.

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