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Dry Erase Pen Holder #2

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Project by Snakeye posted 10-08-2012 08:18 AM 8413 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After I had constructed my original pen holder for myself (here), people from work started asking me what it’d take to make one for them. I told them about $40 (mainly to reimburse the cost of the wood pen blanks I bought with the red, black, blue, and green naturally colored woods).

So here’s my first commission and pen holder #2 made for a right-hander (mine was left-handed). This is made from scrap Black Walnut on the outsides, and a strip of cherry down the middle. The colored-wood inlay was done by hand with chisel and saw. Sanding (I hate hand-sanding) was done with an orbital sander. And lastly, I bought a branding iron to brand my projects with, so I had to test it out on the pen holder!





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#1 posted 10-08-2012 11:20 AM

Looks good.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 10-08-2012 12:46 PM

I like that! I will use C,M,Y,K for myself though. Thanks

-- Michael D. http://projectsforwood.com

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#3 posted 10-08-2012 01:46 PM

Neat idea.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 06:44 PM

Neat idea with using the colored woods. Good luck with the rest of the commissions.
CtL

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

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#5 posted 10-09-2012 12:56 AM

It is always really cool to see simple everyday objects that have a lot of thought and detail in them. Well done!

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#6 posted 10-09-2012 12:57 AM

Very pretty – but what’s the difference between a right or left handed holder??

-- Harold

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#7 posted 10-10-2012 09:11 PM

I am assuming if this is for a right-handed person, the notch in the bottom is where your left-hand index finger would go to hold the block in your left hand.

Are the caps glued into the block? It looks like it on your first one, and sort of like it on this one… That’s nice if it is, to help retain everything.

A beautiful piece. I hope $40 leaves you a LITTLE profit, and doesn’t ALL go to cost of materials.

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#8 posted 10-10-2012 09:14 PM

hi nice stuff you could use food coloring to dye the timber, alot cheaper!

-- Ireland, Galway .... fingers! "we dont sell them"

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#9 posted 10-13-2012 07:02 AM

You got it, left or right-handedness is determined by where the grooves are… I typically will have someone hold it and trace around their fingers and groove out those areas.

I actually did not glue the pens into the block… the first one looks like that because I brushed on the clear-coat and what you see is the build-up around the caps. What I do is drill out an 18mm hole, which is slightly undersized for the caps and then jam the caps in – friction holds them into place really really well. (Of course, if they pop out, then I’ll use glue!)

Thanks again for the comments!

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#10 posted 10-13-2012 01:24 PM

I see, I just thought that was natual eb and flow of the wood, did not concider it was finger impressions. Very good.

-- Harold

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