Pencil Bookshelf

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Project by lew posted 237 days ago 1445 views 11 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished up the last Christmas present! This is from Woodcraft magazine. I made it pretty much from the article but did make a few minor changes.

The eraser and ferrule are all one piece of wood and then painted. The plans called for a piece of PVC conduit for the ferrule. Also, the ferrules and pencil points were supposed to be joined to the body with dowels. I turned a tenon on the pencil body instead. Edge banded the front and sides of the shelves for a cleaner look. Added adjustable foot levelers to the pencil “points”. This pieced was designed to fit an offset wall in the bedroom of the little girls next door.

Pencils are glued up 2×4’s and the shelving is 3/4” birch ply. Acrylic paint on pencils and semi-gloss poly on the shelves.

Thanks for looking!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 237 days ago

WOW!! Lew you are incredible. I wish I lived next door to you. (but only in the summer time)

-- DeputyDawg

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#2 posted 237 days ago

very cool … always wanted to make some these myself. My life’s not over and my grandson is getting that age. Maybe soon.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 237 days ago

that is really snazy lew, those girls are going to love this, how terrific….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 237 days ago

Great gift Lew.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 237 days ago

Those are pretty cool.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 237 days ago

Naiz Lew. I found more difficult painting wood than applying any other finish. Isn´t it. Great job.

Awesome gift. (and giant as well)

-- Back home. Fernando

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#7 posted 237 days ago

Cool. Looks like a prop from a movie. Don’t move it around a lot, the lead will mar the floor. Oh, right, you have the eraser.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#8 posted 237 days ago

Just plain cool! Those little neighbor girls are going to have a memorable Christmas.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 237 days ago

This is awesome. Im sure the little girls next door will be blown away. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 237 days ago

Great Lew. Thanks a bunch. My wife, a fourth grade school teacher, saw this and now I have a new project. Seriously though, you did a great job.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#11 posted 236 days ago

Lew I love these… I’m sure someone is going to be very happy to have this in her room!!!!! They look perfect!!!!!! Great work…..

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

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#12 posted 236 days ago

Really nice Lew!, you always do great work my friend….very eye catching design

-- Cosmicturner

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#13 posted 236 days ago

Pretty cool. Nice work.

-- Chris K

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#14 posted 236 days ago

Every school library oughtta have one of these

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#15 posted 236 days ago

Wow, super nice, and very interesting. Great work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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