Turned Toothpick Holder/Dispenser

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Project by Picken5 posted 01-27-2019 04:19 AM 763 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

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#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

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

Beautiful and pretty smart way to lift them up.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#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.

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

Very cool

-- Vince

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

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

-- Mike

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