Pencil Holder for Mother in Law

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Project by Matt (Upper Cut) posted 01-12-2009 05:20 AM 2349 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mother-in-law turned 60 yesterday, and my wife asked me to make her a pencil holder. She’s a receptionist/office manager for a dentist, and this would be useful and look nice in her office.

Mahogany and Cherry, finished with 2 coats wipe-on Danish oil, then 4 coats wipe-on oil based poly, then 1 coat renaissance wax.

Can you tell I don’t have an HVLP sprayer, and I don’t like brushing finishes? The oil-based wipe on poly is smooth like glass.

They really like the burned-in name on the bottom.

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#1 posted 01-12-2009 06:14 AM

This is a very nice design. I’ve been thinking of designing something to keep my hair accessories in and this would work very well. :) I’m sure she loves it!

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#2 posted 01-12-2009 06:22 AM

Great Job She must have a lot of pencils

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 01-12-2009 07:24 AM

Jim, she has a lot of sh*t on her desk all the time ;)

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#4 posted 01-12-2009 02:53 PM

I really like the finish, you don’t need the HVLP sprayer.

-- jstegall

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#5 posted 01-12-2009 03:25 PM

Simple and straightforward design, but beautifully done!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 01-13-2009 08:10 AM

Nice piece. Where did you get the wood brand?

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#7 posted 01-13-2009 08:33 AM

I believe I ordered it from Rockler. Lee Valley has them too, here.

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#8 posted 04-10-2009 02:51 PM

good job
think it will look nice on the computor desk i’m working on

-- Ron, Missouri

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