Pencil holder stocking stuffer

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Project by easiersaidthandone posted 10-08-2012 03:39 AM 1633 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a bunch of these last year for office Christmas presents. I wanted something that I could mass produce easily with my mediocre wood working skills. I looked around the internet and found a commercially produced version of this. It was an interesting form and it seemed like a neat trinket that people would want to keep on their desks. I stared off with two red oak 1×4’s and one .25×4 poplar boards. All three pieces were laminated together to get the thickness I needed. I went to a friends house to use his jointer to make the edges flush and get down to the final width of 3.25”. On my table saw, I cross cut the long blank into individual blanks that are 3.25” wide by 3.25” high by 1.75” thick. On the drill press I drilled two 1.25” holes laid out symmetrically. The finish is just one coat of tung oil.

That was last year, does anyone have any good ideas for a small trinket like this that can be easily made in batches?

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#1 posted 10-08-2012 03:41 AM

good Idea,well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 10-08-2012 04:08 AM

Rance’s business card holders are pretty nice if you’re looking for desk ideas, they can be as simple or detailed as you want them.
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Or take my chip clips and do a batch of them up. If you want to show off some of your skills instead of cutting the groove on the tablesaw you could have two long thin strips, laminate a small section where the handle would be and have it be two tone (do a double length one, cut in half, and make two at a time). You could also make shorter ones for bread bags I suppose.
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Looking forward to see what you do. I like the pen holder!
Keep up the good work

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#3 posted 10-08-2012 08:46 AM

Always a problem, what to do for your next act. I would look at some of the business card holders. Try to keep the same theme so they become a matched set.

Nice looking pen holder.

By the way, start planning next years as you do this years.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 03:02 PM

Nice looking project : )

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 05:10 PM

wine bottle balancers are a pretty simple gift to make. I’ve got a project with that and a couple other easy holiday gifts that you might want to check out.

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#6 posted 10-08-2012 06:56 PM

Nice and simple look. I like it. If you have a lathe there are always pens to put into this. If not I would saw a simple matching business card holder would work. I recently was looking for one for our craft show table and there are a number of them to be found here and on the web.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 10-08-2012 11:14 PM

Great idea, always a use for these in an office setting

-- Norman

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#8 posted 10-09-2012 12:23 AM

Thanks for all your comments and ideas. I really appreciate them,

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