An open and shut case

Posted on February 6, 2010


A couple of weeks ago George announced he needed a new pencil case, so when a trip to Staples drew a blank I decided this was a thing we could make ourselves. In fact we made one each, which we worked on together (at least until George go bored of it anyway).

The design is one most people will recognise as the archetypal pencil box of their youth; this is a case of it’s not broken, don’t fix it. No fancy timber or joinery here, as there’s no need. I deliberately used nails, which in my view are an honest way of fixing together a simple box like this.

We used some more of the recycled oak library shelves that have contributed to many projects here and left them sanded smooth, but without a finish on. Hopefully these will still be going strong,  long after a plastic Spiderman pencil case is lying in a landfill.


Posted in: Ed, George