Pencil Shave

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Project by Tim Dahn posted 03-27-2011 07:22 PM 3022 views 27 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this at Tool making art and had to give it a try and I wish I would have made it a lot sooner! After the initial try out I would describe it as a roughing tool but after using it for a few days I learned how easy it is to make a light cut too. Made from a pencil sharpener cutter, 8” piece of 5/16 all tread and 2 brass nuts and a little lathe time with some curly maple. It seems to perform the same on hard or soft woods, just pulls a little harder on hardwoods.

Pic 1 Pencil shave on a pile if curls or spills

Pic 2 Pencil shave with spills from heavy and light cuts

Pic 3 Work piece when the pencil shave was stopped mid-cut

Pic 4 work piece view

Pic 5 When ending the cut a quick twist of the wrist will clean off the spill

Pic 6 shows some end grain view

Here is the link to tool making art:

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 07:54 PM

This is great. I have never seen one of these before. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 03-27-2011 07:55 PM

Unique tool,interesting thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 03-27-2011 08:04 PM

interesting little tool, I bet with a bit of practice you could produce some nice effects

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#4 posted 03-27-2011 09:17 PM

Good rouging tool. That seems like a good way to get an initial shape before you come in with a spokeshave.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#5 posted 03-27-2011 09:25 PM

cool tool … leaves a nice texture !

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#6 posted 03-27-2011 09:41 PM

Too cool, I never would have thought of this, thanks for sharing.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 03-27-2011 09:51 PM

Cool Tool. Thanks for the link

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

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#8 posted 03-27-2011 09:57 PM

This is FREAKIN COOL!!! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to make one. May solve some of my curved card scraper blues.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#9 posted 03-27-2011 10:04 PM

great tool and the simple shape of the maple handles really looks nice. Since I happen to have an electric pencil sharpener in my shop that just stripped its main gear, I think I will have one soon too. thanks for the idea.

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#10 posted 03-27-2011 10:35 PM

Nice tool! It amazes me of what tools and projects people come up with.

-- Chuck

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#11 posted 03-27-2011 10:44 PM

Looks interesting might have to try it.

-- Jeff,

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#12 posted 03-28-2011 01:55 AM

Neat tool Timbo.

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

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#13 posted 03-28-2011 02:43 AM

Very cool. I once thought about how well pencil sharpener helix cutters perform, but could not think of how to put them to use in woodworking.

In the link, they show it being used perpendicular to the work, but when I first saw your pic I assumed it would be used more like a file, closer to parallel to the work. I wonder if there is any difference used that way.

Thanks for sharing. I will have to make one of these for myself.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#14 posted 03-28-2011 07:46 AM

Now that’s a clever little roughing tool that I may duplicate, if I ever come across an old pencil sharpener…

Thanks for posting, Timbo!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#15 posted 03-28-2011 08:09 AM

It’s interesting I bet I could add power to it, I could use it on walking sticks.

-- Harold, Finger Lakes, NY

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