Pen Display for Dad

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Project by Tooch posted 05-04-2019 03:23 PM 827 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For Christmas I made my dad this 5-piece Pen Set and didn’t have enough time leftover to make a case for them. His birthday is on Monday, and he will be turning the big seven-oh (70), so I took some time to put this together for him. I have a hard time getting him presents because he never wants to use gifts or replace anything he has. For example, my sister brought him home some candy from the middle east 14 years ago, and he still hasn’t eaten it because he doesn’t want to ruin the wrapper. So being that I am a home made gift giver, this seemed like a good idea.

Full disclosure, I purchased the blank acrylic as a set from Rockler , which made the build go a lot quicker. However, I wanted to personalize it so I engraved the pieces before assembly with his name on top (Rocco L. Santucci) and the phrase on the bottom “Thanks for helping me write the story of my life”. I don’t think that’s a famous quote or anything, but given the application, I thought it to be a fitting phrase. I know that sometimes engraving on acrylic or glass can produce a “shadow” effect, so I had to mirror the text on the bottom and engraved the underside of the bottom piece to avoid that. I tried to show that in picture #3, but i’m not sure if you can see it or not.

After engraving each piece, I assembled it and locked the screws in with some CA glue. I had to drill and countersink the mounting holes to be able to attach it to the piece of walnut, which in hindsight I should have done before assembly as I bumped the top piece with the chuck of my drill press (oops) and it left a mark.

The last picture shows the old man in all his glory, at the Pirates game from last night. The Pirates are a terribly professional sports franchise, but going to the park to see a game is one of his favorite things to do. I have probably been to over a hundred Pirates games in my life and never once caught a homerun ball or a foul ball. Well last night we got crushed by the A’s, but I caught not 1, but 2 foul balls and was able to give him an early birthday present.

Thanks for stopping in and looking, and as always comments are welcome

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 05-04-2019 03:37 PM

Absolutely love it. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 05-04-2019 03:44 PM

What an awesome story and awesome gift as well. Wow two foul ball in the same game; CRAZY! He looks very happy in that photo! I can see the lettering underneath in photo #3. All of the cuts and holes in the clear (I think lexan) look so clean. How do you do that?
Very nice work Tooch and I’m sure your dad will love this beautiful gift!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 05-04-2019 03:52 PM

Very nice and unique gift.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 05-04-2019 03:54 PM

Thanks Hoss always good to hear from ya.

Tony the acrylic was purchased as a kit from rockler, all I had to do was drill and countersink some mounting holes. A quick project, for sure!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 05-04-2019 04:04 PM

nice gift GR8 story hey we have to stick with our teams GREAT JOB :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#6 posted 05-04-2019 04:36 PM

Tooch, nice look, nice project, nice quote, nice picture. I would have left the wrapper on as well.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 05-04-2019 05:18 PM

Thanks Ralph, Tony, and Al. It sounds like you and my dad are 2 peas in a pod, Al!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#8 posted 05-04-2019 06:26 PM

Beautiful gift…from a hearth. Very well made.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 05-04-2019 08:46 PM

It’s a great gift Tooch. I think he will treasure it forever. I only think it’s fair that you build him something to keep the ball in you gave him. He already has a smile on him longer than the field. LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 05-04-2019 08:48 PM

That is a real nice gift for youd dad! Nice work on it.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 05-05-2019 11:15 AM

Super cool and elegant

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#12 posted 05-05-2019 01:43 PM

Thanks Tooch, Dah! and I read what you said (eye roll) ... I should have clicked on the link you provided. LOL!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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