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Project by need2boat posted 1022 days ago 1494 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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Paul Pomerleau

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#1 posted 1022 days ago

Very unique… I like it.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#2 posted 1022 days ago

One of a kind !
Good job !

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 1022 days ago

Awesome idea…it looks great : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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#4 posted 1022 days ago

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 1022 days ago

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 1022 days ago


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 1022 days ago

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


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 1022 days ago

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

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Don W

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#9 posted 1022 days ago

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

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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Tim Kindrick

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#10 posted 1022 days ago

” 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 1021 days ago

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 1017 days ago

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 993 days ago

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 993 days ago


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 485 days ago

That’s way cool!

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