So one of the five projects I contributed to Make It! Secondhand Chic is an embroidered boxes how-to, which includes two of my original embroidery patterns. I purchased the wooden 7 1/2" x 11 3/4" backgammon set pictured above to include in the tutorial, but my idea of turning it into a pencil box didn't really fall into the how-to's category, which was 'The Bathroom', unless, of course, you're in the habit of sketching in the tub. But I digress. Here's what I did to make it the most awesome pencil box ever:
First I sanded the outside and gave it a couple of coats of clear poly.
Then I added two interior compartments using a 1/4" thick piece of poplar that I attached with brass hinges.
Using a Forstner bit, I drilled holes at the center of the boards to act as finger pulls.
A couple of earth magnets propped up with a bit of doweling and a bit of flashing on the doors serves as closures.
As for the outside of the pencil box...I embroidered in with an appropriate label. To find out how I did it, you'll have to buy a copy of Make It! Secondhand Chic ;) However, here's a link to the pattern/font I used to embroider 'Pencils'.