Pencil sharpener shave
Ok this one is a wish I had for a long time, to make one of these pencil sharpener shaves, but I have had no luck to find an old sharpener and a new was too expensive I thought.
But then the other day in a local supermarket I finally had the luck, in a pile of junk sold for a dollar each.
Here it is!
Ok to be honest I was a little in doubt if this was constructive or destructive so I decided not to put batteries inside to see if it was actually working, in this way I can stay in the believe…
But I choose to call this an offcycle instead of up- or recycle.
The only advantage of a new is that the blade is new also, but I will guess old blades could be of better quality.
Honestly to get this thing apart was quite a challenge, but with some good old violence I managed at the end.
Next step was to find the last piece of old mahogany chair leg I have left, this because I wanted the design to fit with my scraper shaves http://lumberjocks.com/projects/48436 .
Cut to size.
Then plane down to thickness.
Transfer the shape with a pencil.
Look how those shaves look like a creamy wonderful chocolate.
The band saw is priceless for these curves.
Now it starts to look like something.
Since I had absolutely no idea of the design I put on my thinking hat now.
Shout I cut out the center and put the shave on a threaded rot I could then tighten.
Should I make it a fixed shave, and what then when the shave needed sharpening…
This was what I came up with.
Perhaps not the most simple version, but at the end it was just a piece of threaded rot and an old nail, ten minutes of work and here we are.
And from the side.
How on earth can I fix this…
I better do some shaping on my Super sander, it always makes me uplifted.
Then drilling some holes for the holder.
Oil, polish and all that jazz that I always do…
This wax rocks by the way!
And as you can see by a miracle the holder is done…
All I really did was to cut the nail of a good mm long and then with a hammer form a rivet head, fast, easy and free.
So after a couple of brass washers and two of the so sweet knurled brass nuts it looks like a tool.
Look at those crazy shaves!
Really it cuts with almost no effort.
I’m not sure this will be a favorite tool, but it is fun and I can imagine for caved and organic forms it is a winner.
And I think I managed to make it be a good match for my scraper shaves.
Yes even for the pipe…
And since I had made the holder ready for it, it was just to place it on its shelf…
And notice I hollowed out the body a bit so the shave was more in the body, in this way I managed to make a better balance in the tool.
Ok, this is why I don’t do videos, but you will get the point I hope.
It was a joy!
And this week TrBlu also posted a really nice one:
This time I was really inspired and had been looking forward for a long time to make this tool, so I hope it can bring on the inspiration and make others make these funny pencil sharpener shaves.,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.