Turned Toothpick Holder/Dispenser

  • Advertise with us
Project by Picken5 posted 01-27-2019 04:19 AM 2068 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So a friend asked if I could make him a toothpick dispenser. What he described was one of those things you see on the counter at a restaurant — you know, basically a box with a little roller knob on the side and made of sheet metal or clear plastic. But my friend wanted one made out of wood. He requested if I could stain it like dark oak. After thinking about, I asked him if I could go a different route, so I described what you see here. He said that sounded fine to him, but hoped I wasn’t going to charge him too much. I assured him that he’d be happy with the price. Frankly, I don’t plan to charge him anything — it was just too much fun making this — and it only took part of one afternoon and the material was scrap I had laying around. He’s great friend and we play golf together a couple times a week when the weather cooperates and bowl together when it doesn’t. I plan to give it to him when we see each other next in a few days. Hopefully, he’ll like it as much as I liked making it.

The main wood is black walnut and the top knob and center spindle are cherry. I finished the entire thing with paste wax.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

5 comments so far

View bushmaster's profile


4130 posts in 3449 days

#1 posted 01-27-2019 05:27 AM

This is an excellent idea. I will make some to give away. Love it, thanks. simple and uses a small amount of wood. anyone would love to have one.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

View Ivan's profile


16906 posts in 4034 days

#2 posted 01-27-2019 10:35 AM

Beautiful and pretty smart way to lift them up.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View John's profile (online now)


2091 posts in 2436 days

#3 posted 01-27-2019 04:48 PM

Very nice result, great to have small pieces of wood around the shop for these things!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

View Vince's profile


1291 posts in 4596 days

#4 posted 01-28-2019 03:34 AM

Very cool

-- Vince

View moke's profile


1852 posts in 3943 days

#5 posted 01-29-2019 08:52 PM

I like it…..simple and extremely functional….well done!

-- Mike

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics