Pencil Cans

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-05-2016 11:12 AM 1365 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this slab of wood that was thought to be box elder but I think is mulberry. I had it on the lathe and then decided I was not going to cut a bowl all end grain so I cut it up into pieces and made these little pencil cans. I have been thinking about how to get some stuff off my bench and one of them was that plastic cup full of pencils. A wall mount pencil can would do it. I got 4 of them out of that slab.

The angle on the back is to keep them tipped up when on the wall and it works okay on the bench too. They all have a screw hole in the bottom and are finished with shellac.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 07-05-2016 11:14 AM

I like the idea with angled cups.

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#2 posted 07-05-2016 11:28 AM

All very nice Jim.

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#3 posted 07-05-2016 11:33 AM

Good idea Jim, now you will be able to find a pencil when needed. The gremlins hide mine on me.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 07-05-2016 12:11 PM

I like that angle idea Jim. I will definitely steel it. Hopefully today ( after grass cutting) or tomorrow while glue is drying. Always looking for more bench space.

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

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#5 posted 07-05-2016 12:17 PM

The tilt is a nice detail but it also allows for easier reach of the pencil .
Good design !


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#6 posted 07-05-2016 12:33 PM

Great design Jim. I like the tilt.

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#7 posted 07-05-2016 12:37 PM

I like the angle on them.

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#8 posted 07-05-2016 01:51 PM

Good idea and they look great. You have a really good imagination!

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#9 posted 07-05-2016 02:08 PM

Nicely done, Jim. Yay for less plastic on the bench!

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#10 posted 07-05-2016 02:12 PM

Good thinking Jim and nice little cups they are as well.
Well done.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 07-05-2016 02:17 PM

They look really great, but they appear to be tilted in the wrong direction.

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#12 posted 07-05-2016 02:24 PM

Cool! I need to make one of these!

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#13 posted 07-05-2016 03:23 PM

Nice—clever solution!

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#14 posted 07-05-2016 03:34 PM

Great idea Jim. I like them!!

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#15 posted 07-05-2016 05:17 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I have mine in use and just have to get used to where all the pencils are right now.

Hi Jim, I don’t understand ” tilted in the wrong direction” ?? They are round and when you cut that bottom angle the pencils tilt to the lowest side…the short end on the bench and the long end on the wall.
I would have liked to make them deeper but the slab was only so thick. A new pencil is 7” long so they should be about 3 3/4” deep and these are only 3 1/4” deep. Notice the ones on the wall have the points out- that is because with the short depth, the eraser is too heavy and will drop them out if put points down( but this way I can see which one is the sharpest).

It may not look like much but this is a “scientific” project!!

Hi Lew and Dave…........make yours at least 3 3/4” deep! and maybe smaller diameter. It is a long stretch off the tool rest for a bowl gouge!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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