The Pen Stand

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Project by MsDebbieP posted 08-05-2009 08:41 PM 3076 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Aug. 5/09

Not that I’m addicted to making pens but I seem to have made a few for my personal use, ones that won’t be given away as presents (Note: my pens are not shown in the photos – what was I thinking? These are ones I just made for upcoming birthdays).

The problem created by my personal pen collection was that I needed a place to display them so that I could have easy access to the selection. Thus, the pen stand.

  • barnboard “scraps” from my great-grandfather’s barn
  • I grabbed a slab of cut-off and thought that it would work nicely
  • I sanded down the cut edges
  • I determined that 5 holes placed along the board would work nicely with the length of wood I had
  • I drilled the five holes, just big enough for the pens to drop in up to the pen clip
  • I found a second piece of cut-off and measured and cut two pieces for the legs
  • I used dowels to attach the legs to the stand
  • I found a third piece of cut-off and cut it to length for the base (bonus: it was an end piece)
  • I used dowels to attach the base to the stand
  • I waxed the cut surfaces (including inside the holes)

Won’t it look nice displayed beside the candle holder I made “so long ago”?
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Now I think I need a desk for them to sit on! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 08-05-2009 08:59 PM

I really like the look of the stand, but why such large wholes? You’re hiding nearly half of your beautiful work.

-- I may not know a lot, but at least I know that I don't know.?.?. I think.

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#2 posted 08-05-2009 09:10 PM

cool but sef’s right. How ‘bout one like the ninja sword stands? Ah, but smaller.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 08-05-2009 10:39 PM

Very rustic, & functional.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 08-05-2009 11:21 PM

Nice stand Debbie. I enclosed a picture of the stands I made for my addition. If you would like the Sketchup drawing let me know. The case holds 12 pens and there is a place for your business cards in the rear.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#5 posted 08-06-2009 12:35 AM

Thats very nice debbie. great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#6 posted 08-06-2009 12:58 AM

Very original Deb. Just a tip, if you make a small hole, just enough to fit the end of the pen you can display the whole pen.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 08-06-2009 03:15 AM

Very nice Debbie. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 08-06-2009 03:19 AM

well done

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#9 posted 08-06-2009 04:06 AM

thanks everyone :)
Bruce – I think you have high expectations for my abilities! :)

I made it like this because for some of my events I hold this will be sitting in the cabin and I wanted the pens to be “safe”.

I am probably going to make a second one so I’ll take your suggestions into consideration for the revised version.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 08-06-2009 06:30 PM

i like the barnboard. It adds a nice touch

-- Do something nice for somebody

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#11 posted 08-06-2009 08:39 PM

A very nice rustic pen stand.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 08-07-2009 12:09 PM

thanks :)
Rustic was my goal .. and to continue using something from my heritage.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#13 posted 08-15-2009 08:32 PM

Love the look of the finish. You’ve retained the “skin” of the wood. Very nice expression.

-- Matthew, North Carolina,

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#14 posted 08-17-2009 12:31 PM

thanks Matthew

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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