Pen and Pencil Stand

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Project by sharad posted 09-18-2009 09:47 AM 4215 views 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is one more fretwork job after getting a little experience on the earlier, the Letter Box. This is also a very old design from my uncle and I have reproduced it wth minor changes to cherish his memory. The swastika is considered as a religious symbol in India and some other East Asian countries. That was the most difficult part of the fret work. The big hole in the front was modified to hold a gum stick. The two beautiful and shining pens are a valuable gift from Scotsman to me and my wife. The handle and the bottom support for the pen stand was modified by using dowels which I aquired from US through a friend. The wood is Burma Teak. The glue stick can be kept only when one side of the stand is used for pen or pencil. The old fret saw is seen in the last picture. The hole for the gum stick was also done with the saw. All parts can be easily dismantled. The finish is not done yet.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 09-18-2009 09:59 AM

Nice job. That saw looks like it would take of practice to get used to before accomplishing any precision work ;-))

The swastika caught my eye as soon as I saw the project. Good that you put the explaination in. A backwards swastika was used by American Indians in the southwest. I can’t remember if it was an art design or a symbol of something.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 09-18-2009 12:26 PM

This is a nice project that gave you an opportunity to hone your hand skills. It took a great deal of petience and perseverence to use the fret saw on a project as intricate as this one.

Nice job.

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#3 posted 09-18-2009 01:02 PM

Very nicely done Sharad.

It’s also a great way to display pens.

The saw looks like its been around for quite awhile.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 09-18-2009 02:32 PM

Fantastic work, Sharad! I can’t believe how clean the lines are on those swastikas.

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

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#5 posted 09-18-2009 02:44 PM

very nice work

-- Michael . USN ( Ret ) Batesville,AR

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#6 posted 09-18-2009 02:58 PM

That saw has found a truly skilled craftsman’s hands to allow it to bring out the beauty of the wood.
Your cut lines are exceptionally precise and the design is unique.

Very nice work!

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#7 posted 09-18-2009 05:27 PM

Really nice job. It looks like that wood is a really tough type also. If I had been using that fret saw to cut the project out, you would have to have more than one stick of glue around for me to glue the pieces back together on that swastika and put it back in place.Again very nice job, especially with the type wood and the saw you used. Thanks for sharing.

Ken McGinnis

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#8 posted 09-18-2009 07:25 PM

Charlie!!! lol I knew someone else would bring it up! lets not turn this in a…...... whatever nice job.

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#9 posted 09-18-2009 11:20 PM

Hi Sharad;

I think I’m going to stick to my scroll saw, and some occasional use of a fretsaw.

I guess I’m lazy.

Nice work.


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#10 posted 09-18-2009 11:25 PM

You’re a true craftsman Sharad well done my dear friend wow nice pens whoever made them is a genius LOL

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#11 posted 09-21-2009 07:20 AM

you did a nice job, but the swastika’s kill it to be honest, no matter what they were used for before Hitler took it, it now symbolizes hate. I’d like to see it abolished

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#12 posted 09-21-2009 08:01 PM

nice job, unique

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#13 posted 09-24-2009 01:46 AM

Nice job on the whole project , Sharad , and thank you for enlightening us about the use of the swastika in your project. Until now , I only related it to you know who.

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

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#14 posted 11-03-2009 12:29 AM

Hi Sharad,
You really did a sharp job on the fret work. I also like your fret saw. My newer one isn’t made nearly as well. The swastika is also a Native American symbol & prior to WWII was also used by a U.S. military unit on their shoulder patch.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#15 posted 01-21-2010 08:37 PM

I must say, I’m a bit offended by this one… regardless of what the swastikas were used prior to WWII… the Nazies put their mark on this symbol, and it does no longer carry positive notions. I remember when you Sharad were offended previously when someone posted something RE Indian made furniture, and you had every right to be. which surprises me to see this posted.

on this they say – you do something right your whole life, nobody notices. you do something wrong once – and everyone knows your name – and I’m referring to the swastikas… that symbol has been ruined, and will nowadays offend a wide range of people, me included as I lost some family members to the group that used it.

sorry for the ‘negative’ outlook, but this is all I can see.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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