Maple Pencil Holders

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Project by kosta posted 05-16-2011 05:56 AM 3545 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yo whats up everybody here is the project post for the maple pencil holders I built in Episode 87. These maple pencil holders took a few months to work on because I have been working on other stuff in the shop since I started them. I made a total of 10 pencil holders and they are really not that hard to make once you set your tools up. Each pencil holder has 2 main parts the base with a roundover profile on each side, and the box that sits on top of the base. The box is 4 1/4in thick pieces with miters that are glued together. One of the problems I had when I first started working on these pencil holders was when I would sand the inside of the box after I glued it up. I cut my hand on the end grain of the box about 10 different times. Most of the time I would catch it and tape up the cut but I didn’t realize I was bleeding a few times and I had to throw some boxes out because of the blood stains. Other than that I really didn’t have any problems with this project. Originally I was gonna stain both the box and the base but I decided to just use polyurathane on the box and stain the base with a minwax walnut stain.

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 11:36 PM

Hi ya Kosta. Nice little project. The masking tape method of pulling up those mitres tight sure is a good way to clamp these little jobs up. I lay the sides face down and tape them all together. I turn it back over and glue all the joints and wrap the whole thing together. Takes no time at all.
Great to see your still knocking out projects.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#2 posted 05-17-2011 03:50 AM

Nice pencil box, Kosta. But…..where are the pencils?? I work at a wood shop where we make hundreds of pencil boxes a month, every month. We take long strips of stock and I sand it down in the Timesaver. Then our finish guys lacquer one side of the stock which will be the inside. Then we put a rabbet cut on the inside bottom; that’s for the 1/4” plywood that will compose the bottom. We cut the pieces on our sled and with a pre-existing stop block so that all those boxes will be exactly the same, every time. We don’t use any tape, however to glue them up. First you dry fit the four pieces you are going to glue up. Then you put a thin bead of glue on two opposite sides at the joint (duh, obviously thejosh). It’s amazing how little you can put on and have it not fall apart. But after you apply the glue, you just use one of those 15 or 20’ pony strap clamps. Ya know, the ones that rachet? Super fast and efficient way of doing those boxes. But when you work in a shop that makes hundreds of these every month, you HAVE to be efficient. Our bottoms are as fancy as your, though. :)

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 05-17-2011 04:31 AM

Yeah I took a break for a little while but I am starting to get back into the shop.

As far as the pencils go I haven’t put them in yet. lol Actually I am going to be giving some of the pencil holders away so I still have to wrap them up but Im gonna save a few for myself

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