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Project by Steve Griffin posted 01-18-2009 03:26 AM 2171 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made one of these way back in high school for my Mom. Somehow she lost it or it got broken and she really wanted another one for her birthday. I still have lots of Sapelli left overs from my uncle so I used some of the more visually appealing pieces for this. I used box joint construction. I just traced a 12 french curve tool to make a place for the pen/pencil to rest. It holds regular adding machine paper and there is a little coping saw blade at the bottom to tear off the paper.

-- Steve, Beaverton, OR

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#1 posted 01-18-2009 04:06 AM

I love it! We made some very simple holders for the children in our after-school Bible club to paint and assemble. I wanted one for our kitchen but didn’t really want it painted on poplar. Thanks for the inspiration.

How do you change the paper roll?

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#2 posted 01-18-2009 04:09 AM

A great looking job. Is there a pencil holder or pen holder attached to it?

I love the flatsawn Sapele.

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#3 posted 01-18-2009 06:11 AM

i should make one of these for my wife, but then my lists would never get completed. I should make one and put only 10” of paper on it.

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#4 posted 01-18-2009 07:15 AM

I routed a 3/8” wide 1/4” deep grooves down the the inside of the walls. This allows a 3/8” dowel to slide in and out to replace the paper roll. The pencil holder is in the design where the wall hooks at the botttom. It allows you to rest a pencil/pen across the two walls.

-- Steve, Beaverton, OR

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#5 posted 01-18-2009 07:26 PM

Beautiful and the wood too.

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#6 posted 01-18-2009 07:34 PM

What a great idea.Nice looking holder.

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#7 posted 06-25-2009 11:22 AM

Nice job, looks good.

When I first read it my eyes skipped around. I thought it was a toilette tissue despinser, and was wondering “man what kind of TP do you use that you need a cutter for it?” LOL

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#8 posted 01-28-2010 10:45 PM

very nice project.. have this on my list, but have never gotten around to it… nice wood you used on it…

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