Living Hinge Pencil Box

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This design has been kicking around in my head for a couple of months. I finally got around to building it over the weekend. It took several iterations to get things working right, and I thought about scrapping it when I couldn’t get the sliding top to slide easily enough. But I’m kinda stubborn, and I finally figured out how to make it work. :slight_smile:

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Here’s a one-handed video of it sliding (the camera didn’t rotate, sorry!):

And of course, Gkid needed one for the engraved pink pencils she requested:
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UPDATE: The pattern and instructions have been posted over in free patterns: Living Hinge Pencil Box Pattern

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Living Hinge Pencil Box Pattern
#2

That is a cool pencil box. Great job.

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#3

As always beautiful and creative work!!!

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#4

Very cool! (And beautifully decorated as always)! :sunglasses::+1:

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#5

Wonderful!!

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#6

Looks awesome

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#7

Box in a box is a good solution :smiley:

They came out great.

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#8

Gorgeous–tambour / living hinge hybrid!

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#9

I had to go look up “tambour.” :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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#10

Your grandkids are pretty darn lucky in my opinion. These are super cool! How well do you think the living hinge will hold up to the repeated movements? I don’t have a feel for that.

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#11

Beautifully done.

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#12

It doesn’t feel at all stressed when pushing and pulling it. Seems to me that motion has to be easier on it than the flexing it would get if used normally as an actual hinge, so I’m hoping it will last well. I guess we’ll find out!

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#13

zomg I love this! Thanks for sharing your design, too - that is very kind.

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#14

Just Wow!

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#15

Oh-MG! I tried my first living hinge box last week and it cracked when I tried to bend it.

Your work is impeccable — what wood did you use?

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#16

That is beautiful AND useful! I love it and must make one very soon, cause who doesn’t need one of those!!!

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#17

These were made from 1/8" Baltic birch plywood.

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#18

The sliding top is wonderful! Awesome stuff. I like your choice of engraving too, it really adds some class.

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#19

Wow!! Came out really pretty!

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#20

Gorgeous work!

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