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Project by johnhutchinson posted 93 days ago 1481 views 8 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started as a forum question where I was looking for ways to create a 30-degree chamfer on the edge of a disk. The response was overwhelming, and I settled on sanding with my drill press table angled at 30 degrees.

The steps were …

1. Glue two layers of 1/2” Baltic birch plywood together with a 3/8” hole at the center.
2. Spin-sand them to round on the drill press with a 3/8” bolt arbor and some massive fender washers.
3. Spin-sand the chamfer by slowly cranking the table, and the sanding block, up and into the disk.
3. Attach the indexing pattern to the underside with double face tape, using the end of a Forstner bit for alignment.
4. Jig the holes by eye, pointer to index line, for a perfect 36.

Things I learned …

1. This is an incredibly precise way to drill an array of holes because the index lines are so far from the center. Why stop at 36?
2. Besides tilting out, the pencils are also leaning to the side. I said some pretty awful words before I realized I want to do that! Setting the jig even more off-center will create a splayed spiral.
3. Not sure about the colored pencils. Now I’m thinking maple dowels in a walnut base. Making the base from two 1/2”-thick pieces should give it stability—two-layer plywood?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 93 days ago

Very cool. This just needs to be on a teachers desk with apples in it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 93 days ago

Awesome…! Now you’re thinkin’ like a Lumberjock.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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Diggerjacks

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#3 posted 93 days ago

Hello John

Very good

I particular like the jig to drill

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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stefang

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#4 posted 93 days ago

Well done John, a pencil holder and a basket in one. Always nice to learn something new!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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johnhutchinson

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#5 posted 93 days ago

I was so anxious to see how it looked that I didn’t remove the taped indexing disk, but you get the idea. The pencils are all friction-fit, so if one breaks, no biggie to replace it. I had to buy a 19/64” brad-point bit just for the project. But now with the bit and the jig, I’m all set to crank out a few “turned bowls” on my shaded back deck.

I don’t need no stinkin’ lathe. :)

Finished pics to follow.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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johnhutchinson

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#6 posted 93 days ago

I’m going to stick with the colored pencils. Don’t know what I was thinking. That’s 99% of the fun !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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stefang

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#7 posted 93 days ago

Opps! double post

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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johnhutchinson

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#8 posted 93 days ago

Me too, OOPS. I meant to say 60-degree chamfer. That’s 30 degrees up from horizontal. Or is that 60 degrees down from vertical? Anyway, it worked!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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HillbillyShooter

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#9 posted 93 days ago

Cool! And, looks like you did a great way in solving a little conundrum.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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luv2learn

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#10 posted 92 days ago

Just goes to show that there are many ways to skin a cat or in this case colored pencil fruit bowl. Nice soluton John and a great outcome.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Iwud4u

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#11 posted 92 days ago

Came out good John,
I like the idea of offsetting the jig so that the pencils are angled, I would like to see how that looks.
I also like the idea of using walnut and maple, gives it a more classy feel instead of an arts and crafts project.
(It’s just money) :)

Anyway….Good Job figuring out a method to do it. That’s half the fun. (maybe only 49% but still)

-- It's far better to be criticized by a wise person than applauded by a fool --

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 92 days ago

Very impressive problem solving skills! The bowl does look like a pencil holder but maybe it is dual purpose?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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johnhutchinson

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#13 posted 92 days ago

Thanks, guys, for all the great comments !!!

The most interesting thing about the project is that I could make it perfectly on my computer, but I missed an alignment between the centerline of the jig and the drill bit when I proofed it. Because of that happy mistake, the pencils lean slightly to the side, as well as back, creating a slight spiral.

So for the next one, I’m going to make a BIG MISTAKE.

I think that’s called serendipity.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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InsideTheBox

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#14 posted 92 days ago

Hmmm… I don’t know…. I see no fruit….

So dang creative…. :)

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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doubleDD

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#15 posted 92 days ago

Some skill showing here. Cool work. How about a double bevel pencil bowl?

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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