This is an easy and fun woodworking project that works great for displaying and organizing a set of 64 crayons! Be sure to watch the companion video above for reference. You can also get the free drill hole template on my website.
Step 1: Resawing
For the accent pieces I'm using hard maple that needs to be resawn into roughly 1/4" thick pieces.
Step 2: Gluing Up the Blank
Here I'm gluing the 1/4" maple accent to a 1 3/4" thick piece of mahogany. The width needs to be at least 7" wide.
Step 3: Second Glue Up
Once the glue dries I then cut the blank into 7" square pieces that are then stacked and glued again. I have enough material to make two crayon holders.
Step 4: Rough Cut to Shape
Before turning on the lathe I'll rough cut the shape out on the bandsaw. This will greatly speed up the turning time.
Step 5: Turning on the Lathe
Now you can chuck up the blank on the lathe. True up the bottom half of the display and carve in 3/4" on the top half.
Step 6: Carve Out Center
Now you can move the banjo to the front of the piece and remove the material for the inner storage. Remove material all the way down until you hit the second layer and make sure you leave a 3/4" lip along the top for the crayon holes.
Step 7: Drilling Holes
Now you can cut out and attach the paper template with spray adhesive. I like to get the holes started with an awl or ice pick before drilling.
Step 8: Glue in Handle
Now you can drill a 5/8" hole in the center and add a 5/8" dowel that will be used for a handle.
Step 9: Finishing
For the finish I'm using shellac which as an all natural and a kid friendly finish.
Step 10: Felt Bottom
I then cut and glue a piece of felt that is adhered to the bottom.
Step 11: The World Is Yours
For the handle I found some 3" squishy globes that I drilled and glued in place.