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How to Make Wooden Pencil Boxes in Secondary Schools

Updated April 17, 2017

With all those pencils and no place to put them, the wooden pencil box is an accessory that will be put to practical use. A pencil box is an ideal project for a beginning woodworker. Students can exercise their brains while participating in a hands-on activity. As students learn to follow measurements, safety protocol and how to work in a team, they also produce a functional piece of wood that can hold pencils or other writing utensils of their choice.

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  1. Cut wood pieces according to cut-list measurements in the "Things You'll Need."

  2. Measure, mark and cut the 24-inch board for side pieces. Side pieces should measure at 9 inches each, leaving 6 inches of board left. Cut the wood lengthwise along the saw kerf to make it 1 and 3/4-inches wide.

  3. Use plane to smooth sawn edge.

  4. Cut remaining of 1 and 3/4-inch board at six inches for end pieces. End pieces will measure three inches each.

  5. Nail sides to ends. Make sure bottom edges are aligned.

  6. Cut the 10-inch board for bottom of wooden pencil box.

  7. Use the plane again to smooth cut edge.

  8. Nail the bottom of box to sides.

  9. Slide lid on top of wooden box.

  10. Drill 1/8 inch bit to make a hole in lid for the lid stop dowel.

  11. Cut dowel to appropriate length and fit stop into hole.

  12. Sand the box smooth and decorate as desired.

  13. Tip

    Teachers must supervise students while cutting. Hold wood down with a bench vice or wood clamps.


    Follow all safety precautions in the woodworking lab to avoid accidents.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 Baltic Birch ply 1/8-by-2-11/16-by-10 inches
  • 1 White Pine 1/2-by-2-1/4-by-24 inches
  • 1 White Pine 1/2 -by-3-1/2-by-10 inches
  • 1 Birch dowel 1/8 in. dia.-by-1 inch
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Saw kerf
  • Bench Vise or Wood clamps
  • Plane or sanding block

About the Author

Bianca Bumpres

Bianca Bumpres resides in Dallas, Texas with her family. She has written for online internet blogs and writes a weekly single parent column for the Dallas area. Bumpres enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her extracurricular activities include enjoying music, reading and weekly volunteer ministry work.

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