First turning: Pencil holder

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Project by FreddieMac posted 03-29-2021 05:21 PM 548 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My uncle was into woodworking and bought a lathe, but never used it. He gave it to me, so I decided to try it the past couple of weeks. I set out to do my first project, I needed something to hold my shop pencils. I came up with this made out of some scrap 4×4 Douglas Fur post. I had some left over cherry danish oil. This was my first woodturning attempt.

I need to figure out how to bore out the middle better, lots of big chips. But all-in-all, for not even knowing what chisels to use when I turned on the machine, my first one is done.

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#1 posted 03-29-2021 05:30 PM

Have to start somewhere, looks like a good start to me.

Cool man…..

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 03-29-2021 06:59 PM

First one is the hardest. There are some good books on the turning subject, what chisels sharpening, etc.
Looks pretty good. Keep it up.

-- Ron

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#3 posted 03-29-2021 07:01 PM

Nice work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 03-29-2021 09:29 PM

Looks good!

If you have a chuck for the tailstock you can use a forstner bit for a project like this.

Good job.

-- Ben

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#5 posted 03-29-2021 11:40 PM

Not being a turner I can’t comment other than it turned out, well for the first time… rearrange the comma as you see fit.

One question though… how the hell do you find any sawdust in the shop amongst all those pencils?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 03-30-2021 12:17 AM

Good start. But, use caution, if you do another one you will be come addictedl and down the rabbit hole you go.


-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 03-30-2021 01:30 AM

Looks like a good first attempt. Have fun!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 03-30-2021 04:40 AM

Appears to work, do not start tuning Pens, then you will need another holder for them, and another and another:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 03-30-2021 03:50 PM

Ya know… I still haven’t made a pencil holder yet. Very nicely done

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