Pen/Pencil Holder (The Wood Whisperer)

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Project by freddyaudiophile posted 03-26-2013 12:22 AM 1841 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I think I have spent almost as much time watching Marc on The Wood Whisperer as I did watching “His Normness” growing up on PBS. Anyhow, these little pen/pencil holders caught my eye on TWW, so here is my first attempt at making one. It does have its flaws; it certainly was one of those projects where I learned a great deal just from this simple little project.

Anyhow, I had some curly maple with this really wild grain pattern so I used it for the opposing sides; the other opposing sides are black walnut. The base is a glue-up of curly maple, American walnut and black walnut. I used a vertical raised panel bit from Lee Valley on the base.

Before I finished it, I dyed it with 2 coats of aniline dye that a co-worker had left-over from building a banjo. The finish is 4 coats of Watco semi-gloss spray lacquer (my first attempt at putting lacquer on anything!).

Like I said, I learned a lot from this little project… :)

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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#1 posted 03-26-2013 12:30 AM

Cool. Love the grain and the way you did the base. The finish also looks great. Nice job.

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 04:31 AM

Great job, love the contrasting wood

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 04:55 AM

Nice work, but do you think one in the shop is enough??? Next to clamps one can never have enough pencils, sharpened even!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 03-26-2013 08:22 AM

Nice work, Some good looking wood.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 03-26-2013 12:38 PM

Believe me, I brought the thing into work and chucked it on my desk. Three people have asked for one, and I probably could have sold a few more this past Christmas!

Thanks for the comments all…

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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