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Project by need2boat posted 07-06-2011 02:23 AM 1924 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I was sick of looking at a tin can on my workbench and had some scraps of read oak with the bark left on. Cutting the miters were tricky do to the rough edge but it all came out nice in the end.


-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#1 posted 07-06-2011 03:07 AM

Very unique… I like it.

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#2 posted 07-06-2011 03:39 AM

One of a kind !
Good job !

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#3 posted 07-06-2011 05:20 AM

Awesome idea…it looks great : )

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#4 posted 07-06-2011 07:16 AM

Looks great. Good job.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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#5 posted 07-06-2011 01:24 PM

I Love it, very unique Idea, I made my own below, I found that I often ended up with shorter pencils which were a pain to dig out so I made mine with 3 compartments for varying sizes of pencils. One other thing I did was grab a handful of shavings and dropped them in to prevent the tips from breaking.

-- Derek Tay, Venerate the Tree Design

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#6 posted 07-06-2011 01:32 PM


Love the design and idea shavings. I’ve used rice in the past in the house but that’s a great use for sawdust.


-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#7 posted 07-06-2011 02:15 PM

That is so cool.
In the shop or not, it’s a beauty.


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#8 posted 07-06-2011 02:19 PM

Nice! How did you get woodgrain on the tin can? ;) jk! The natural edge sets it off.

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#9 posted 07-06-2011 02:22 PM

and I use 2 cut off water bottles. This is to classy for my shop. Nice job!

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#10 posted 07-06-2011 07:35 PM

” all came out nice in the end” is the understatement of the year!!!! One tip for everyone is to use some of that foam that flower shops use to make their arrangements…. you can just stab your pencils into it and the tips won’t break plus they stand straight up… I buy mine at the Dollar Tree for a buck each but I’m sure you can purchase it at any craft store.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#11 posted 07-06-2011 08:37 PM

Love it! I think I’ll have to make me one:)

-- Blake, Denmark, SC "Woodworking should be called Woodtherapy"

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#12 posted 07-11-2011 03:13 AM

Thanks everyone for the great ideas on protecting the pen tips. I ended up cutting some foam I had leftover from outfitting my kayak. I cut it in a wedge shape so the one side is higher which works well for my shorter Pencils.


-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#13 posted 08-04-2011 02:05 PM

This would make a great gift utilizing beautiful but smallish live edge off cuts. I’ll gift myself first! The fourth corner looks tough to pull off, but I’m thinking that if the wood was thick you could split it vertically and open it up from the center, getting a pretty fair four way match in the side grain to boot.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#14 posted 08-04-2011 05:34 PM


One issue is dealing with raw uneven bark edge on the sliding miter. I used shims but a good miter box may work better.


-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#15 posted 12-24-2012 05:40 PM

That’s way cool!

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