Lacewood Letter Opener

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Project by ShannonRogers posted 05-07-2008 05:36 AM 1345 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had this kit for a while and now made it. I decided to innundate my mom with Mother’s day cards and lead off the barrage with this nice letter opener. Simply turned just like a pen on a 7 mm mandrel, sanded to 1500 grit, EEE polish, and two coats of Shellawax friction polished makes a nice shine.

Happy Mother’s day!

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#1 posted 05-07-2008 05:38 AM

absolutely gorgeous !!!!

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#2 posted 05-07-2008 05:45 AM

That’s one beautiful letter opener. I like your wood choice.

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#3 posted 05-07-2008 07:44 AM

That’s one great looking opener!

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#4 posted 05-07-2008 01:35 PM

I like it ! Did it come from a kit ?

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#5 posted 05-08-2008 02:44 AM

Very pretty, nice finish. I like the shine of the overall project. mike

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#6 posted 05-08-2008 02:47 AM

This is a beautiful letter opener. Great finish as well.

Thanks for the post.

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#7 posted 05-08-2008 02:54 AM

I am convinced. I have been thinking about doing a letter opener and matching pen/pencil set for quite some time. I hope mine turns out as good as yours. Thanks for sharing.

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