If you've been following some of my more recent posts, you know that I've been completely infatuated with antique writing boxes. I've been intrigued with them since the minute I discovered that they existed, and I want to revive them as a part of my movement to enhance the writing experience. I am inspired by a lot of the designs and ornamentation of the antique boxes, but I see a lot of room for improvement for these boxes to meet the needs of today's writing enthusiasts.
So I spent all last week cleaning up my tools and my shop, and repurposing much of the shop to do box making, which is quite a bit different than making pens. You can see how well I did in the video (though most of it hardly shows).
The next step I take from there is to cut up some cardboard and tape it together in the shape of the writing box, so I get an idea of what the overall size and shape of the box will be.
Finding a pleasing box size in real life, the next step is for me to make a rough prototype out of wood. This will not only give me a more realistic feel for the use of the box, but I use 1/2" plywood so that I will have an idea of the outside dimensions and inside dimensions of the box. I opted to use 1/2" plywood because 1/2" would be the thickest wood I'd use, and the plywood will be a consistent thickness, also less expensive than hardwood since it's just for a prototype.
I want to know your feedback with these boxes.....the hardest part is the prototyping, the fun part will be when I start assembling them and I get to do the fancy ornamentation that I ultimately envision. I am open to any and all suggestions about how to make the most relevant and useful writing boxes for today's writing, so by all means email me or post here in the comments to give me your feedback.
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