Retirement Pen/Pencil Set

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Project by Woodhacker posted 2281 days ago 2730 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a pen/pencil/box set I made for my boss as a retirement gift. The pen/pencil are made of wenge and are American Slimeline style purchased from Woodcraft. The box I made from Cherry. You can see the trouble I had in routing the grooves. I held the pieces too long at the end without turning off the router and as a result there was burning at the end of the grooves that was very hard to remove…I didn’t get all of it.

I used mini barrel hinges to join the two box halves.

The “B” inlay is walnut and is the first letter of his last name…(or maybe it stands for the “B” in “Boss”).

When it was time to give him the set, he commented it would be hard to bring himself to actually use them… I think he meant that in a nice way. :)

-- Martin, Kansas

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#1 posted 2281 days ago

Looks very nice Martin, Well done! I’m sure he will cherish them.


-- We have but one chance at every moment that passes by

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#2 posted 2281 days ago

Gorgeous pens and nice box.

My minister tells the story of receiving a custom made pen. It was so nice he never used it because he was saving it for a special occasion. He was officiating a marriage several years later. The groom was one of the youths from the group who had given him the pen. The minister had a brilliant idea of incorporating the actual signing of the marriage license into the wedding service. To his dismay, the pen would not work and he had to borrow one from someone in the congregation.

Sorry for the mini sermon. Great projects and thanks for sharing it.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 2281 days ago

wow…i love these—-but I think the box does it for me,...this is a nice touch!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 2281 days ago

Well done set of pens and box. I’m wondering if you would blog your inlay technique?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 2281 days ago


This is a gorgeous set. I am sure it would be hard to use them at first until he gets accustomed to his retirement.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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matt garcia

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#6 posted 2231 days ago

That’s not a burn mark, that is “character”!! Great project!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#7 posted 1802 days ago

nice work, love turning wenge.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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