Pencil Holder

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Project by Nick Graber posted 05-28-2009 06:27 PM 2328 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A simple pencil holder made of red oak with walnut accents and the wood is finished with a tung oil finish. I got the idea for this out of an old issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine.

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#1 posted 05-28-2009 06:30 PM

Hey Nick
Not all that simple a lot of people fight to get tight corners on small containers . well done nice contrasting woods.


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#2 posted 05-28-2009 06:42 PM

I guess I should of left the word simple out, I did spend 10 + hours on it.

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#3 posted 05-28-2009 09:05 PM

Real nice NicK. I love the clean design and loads of very well done details.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-28-2009 09:09 PM

I haven’t seen red oak mixed with walnut yet. It looks pretty nice. The walnut pulls out the darker streaks in the oak and gives it a new look. I’m glad you commented on ‘simple,’ as I thought “that doesn’t really look all that simple to me.” Now I feel a little bit better about myself! Did you set up and rout each panel separately at strange angles for the outer accents, or build some kind of jig to slide the completed holder through on its corners?

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#5 posted 05-28-2009 10:16 PM

I used the table saw to make all of the cuts. For the exterior corners I made a small sled/jig to cut the vertical splines.

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#6 posted 05-28-2009 11:33 PM

Very Nice joinery and the wood combo looks great. Well done.

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#7 posted 05-29-2009 05:32 AM

Nice ! Any measurements to share ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 05-29-2009 05:36 AM

Thanks for the info, Nick! I need to whip up a table saw sled that can handle a bunch of unusual things like the splines down the sides here. Mortises, too. I don’t have a really great way to do them yet.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#9 posted 05-30-2009 05:07 AM

Very nice – the corner detail strips look difficult to accomplish! With stock that small, the spline slots wouldn’t be very easy either so I’m glad you modified your “simple”! Of course, you could have added a slight taper to the sides to add another level of complexity!

From what I can see and have done, there don’t seem to be many species of wood that walnut doesn’t work well with and on most it really accentuates the base wood.


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#10 posted 05-30-2009 05:37 AM

That would hold a lot of pencils or one big frog.

Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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