Pencil sharpener shave (offcycle...) post

  • Advertise with us
Project by mafe posted 11-18-2011 02:05 PM 5514 views 13 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pencil sharpener shave

Ok this one is a wish I had for a long time, to make one of these pencil sharpener shaves, but I have had no luck to find an old sharpener and a new was too expensive I thought.

But then the other day in a local supermarket I finally had the luck, in a pile of junk sold for a dollar each.
Ok to be honest I was a little in doubt if this was constructive or destructive so I decided not to put batteries inside to see if it was actually working, in this way I can stay in the believe…
But I choose to call this an offcycle instead of up- or recycle.
The only advantage of a new is that the blade is new also, but I will guess old blades could be of better quality.
Honestly to get this thing apart was quite a challenge, but with some good old violence I managed at the end.
Read more in the blog:

1. Pencil sharpener shave in action.
2. Pencil sharpener destruction.
3. Old mahogany table leg cut up.
4. Making the cutter head.
5. Head in place.
6. Now the shave is home.

I think I can smoke now.

Take a look at the scraper shave blog if you are curious: .

Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

26 comments so far

View Brit's profile


7369 posts in 2808 days

#1 posted 11-18-2011 02:17 PM

Offcycle pencil sharpener shave eh! I’m going to need a demo of that when I next visit you I think. That’s a new one on me. I can’t imagine how it works and what advantage there is over a normal shave. I do know however, that it IS probably safer to get off your bike to sharpen your pencil. :-)

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

View TrBlu's profile


386 posts in 2591 days

#2 posted 11-18-2011 02:36 PM

WOW!!! I really like your design. (Glad I got mine posted first.)

Favorited this one, just like I do most of your projects.

Does the blade turn in the fixture? One of the problems I had was preventing the blade from rotating during use.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

View jeffl's profile


288 posts in 3276 days

#3 posted 11-18-2011 02:59 PM

Nice twist on pencil shaves. I’ve had a cutter out of one for months now. Still in the to do pile.

-- Jeff,

View jaykaypur's profile


4017 posts in 2373 days

#4 posted 11-18-2011 03:03 PM

Very nice work. This is definitely a “future” project for me.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

20285 posts in 3071 days

#5 posted 11-18-2011 03:21 PM

Hi Mads,
Only you can dream up this type of tool. Nice going! Who would of ever thought of using a pencil sharpener blade this way…..................except Mads!!

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

View mafe's profile


11643 posts in 3054 days

#6 posted 11-18-2011 03:26 PM

Hi ho,
Yes the blade can be turned and then tightened again.

jaykaypur, I will look forward to see the result.
Jeff, ohh yes we all know this to do pile, even I have really been trying to get it schrinking.
TrBlu, yes you beat me, lol, I was acually thinking to post it in a week or so, but now you were out I thought it was the time (some LJ’s blame me for beeing to active here once in a while).
Andy, yes you will get to test the toy! They have been around for a while seen them pup up on the web.
Jim, I did not invent this, just did it my way, smiles.

Best thoughts and thank you for the comments,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

View drbyte's profile


789 posts in 4027 days

#7 posted 11-18-2011 04:24 PM

Great Shave!! Do you smoke the shavings??

-- Dennis, WV

View jaykaypur's profile


4017 posts in 2373 days

#8 posted 11-18-2011 05:55 PM

Okay….............I get it now. The brass nuts hold the blade tight against the frame. I wonder if you left it pretty tight but with some force applied when using, it could revolve, what kind of result you would get?

I eventually gotta make one of these babies!!!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13345 posts in 3638 days

#9 posted 11-18-2011 06:26 PM

Mad, thats some nice work.

View lanwater's profile


3111 posts in 2899 days

#10 posted 11-18-2011 07:19 PM

That’ a lot of imagination!

Well done Mafe.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

View peteg's profile


4273 posts in 2788 days

#11 posted 11-18-2011 11:06 PM

Hey Mads, I am trying to work out how you sharpen a pencil with it, maybe I missed something ??? LOL
Another masterpiece :: )))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

View Dennisgrosen's profile


10880 posts in 3080 days

#12 posted 11-19-2011 12:37 AM

nice looking shave :-)
as usual you come up with a uniqe design
but you are right it just had to have the same genĀ“s as the scrapers :-)


View Tim Dahn's profile

Tim Dahn

1567 posts in 3530 days

#13 posted 11-19-2011 05:22 AM

Looks good Mads, have you tried skewing the shave as you pull? I found it changes how aggressive the cut is.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

View patron's profile


13600 posts in 3306 days

#14 posted 11-19-2011 05:47 AM

up to your usual
good stuff

got anything
to shave my face with

then i could stay
in the shop longer

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View fernandoindia's profile


1081 posts in 2909 days

#15 posted 11-19-2011 07:41 AM

Naiz Mads !!

Cool sharpener.

I spend a couple of hours trying to figure out how to sharpen a pencil with this…..tool !


-- Back home. Fernando

showing 1 through 15 of 26 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics