Pencil Caddy

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Project by Cliff posted 12-01-2016 07:56 AM 394 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At the Kitchen Table I am always searching for a Pen/Pencil as I sit with a Coffee late at night. The Caddy should solve this problem.
My intention was to turn the Caddy out of the one piece of wood. Alas!!!My Turning ability got in the way and “Snap Crackle and Pop” There was a Catch after Catch and plenty of broken timber.
I managed to salvage enough to turn the Pencil holder of the caddy and then turn a scrap piece of pine for the flange to hold the Eraser and pencil sharpener. The two pieces were glued together by creating a round tenon at the base of the pencil holder and with a forstener bit drilled a hole in the flange to receive the tenon. The glue used was Tite Bond 111.

This was the small; log of Chinese Elm I attempted to turn.

This is the aftermath of my catch disaster. But was able to select enough to change the plan and continue as a two piece project.
The total height is 6 inches from the base of the flange to the top of the Caddy. The Diameter of the Flange is 5 1/2 inches. The Diameter of the Caddy is 2 1/2 inches. There is plenty of weight in the base of the caddy and the flange to be able to sit safely without tipping over.

The Chinese Elm and Pine is finished with 4 coats of Danish Oil.

I wish all Lumber Jocks a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Kind regards,


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#1 posted 12-01-2016 07:59 AM

I’m always fascinated and surprised by what beautiful lies below the bark of an old branch when a top woodturner gets a hold of it…beautiful Cliff…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 12-01-2016 08:44 AM

are you sure that there will always be a pencil?
my wife is not agree
have a nice day

-- bambi

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#3 posted 12-01-2016 10:24 AM

Thanks bambi. Good point, who knows what the future holds with pencils and paper.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 12-01-2016 12:11 PM

Nice work, Cliff. You’ll find that very handy knowing where the pencils reside!!
cheers, Jim

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

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#5 posted 12-01-2016 02:14 PM

Nice save! Now you have a story to go with it.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#6 posted 12-01-2016 03:37 PM

Nice job Cliff. Beautiful piece of Elm with a great finish. I think the challenge of repairing something that exploded on the lathe gives us more experience than if everything went right. That’s how I learn. Hahaha.

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

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#7 posted 12-01-2016 06:24 PM

Nicely done Cliff.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#8 posted 12-01-2016 06:50 PM

Beautiful shape and very beautifull wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 12-01-2016 08:20 PM

Thanks Jim. Yes pencils need a safe residence. I am sure they are like Tadpoles and grow legs overnight and run away.

Hairy. Thank you.

Hi Dave, you are quite correct. The on the job repairs certainly are a good way to learn. I really love the Chinese Elm, the grain pattern is very interesting.

John. Thank you for your nice comments.

Thank you Ivan.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Bob Collins

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#10 posted 12-02-2016 10:47 AM

Nice one Cliff, neat bit of turning with a good result after the catches. Like the grain on the Chinese Elm.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#11 posted 12-02-2016 10:55 AM

Thanks Bob. Yes the Chinese Elm has a very interesting grain.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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