Box Jointed Pallet Wood Pencil Cup

My oldest son loves to color these days, and wanted something to hold his markers. Meanwhile, his dad loves to make box joints these days, and was looking for an excuse to do so. As a result, we came up with a simple box-jointed open-top box to use as a pencil (or marker) cup, made to fit in with our dining room decor.

This project also served as a fun upcycling challenge for the 2016 Pallet Upcycle Challenge. The entire project came from a section of thick beat-up pallet wood that I picked up awhile back. At first I thought I would leave it looking "rustic" but I was pleasantly surprised how nice it looked after sanding off the rough surfaces.

Silicone mini glue brushes:
Cognac wood stain:
Water based satin polyurethane:

MUSIC: "Undone" by Lunova Labs
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License
Portions were repeated to extend the length of the music.