Pen Display Fixture Hold 7 Pens

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Project by FloridaArt posted 06-18-2013 02:07 AM 8061 views 18 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

June, 2013—I was inspired by a pen rack that I saw while surfing the web. The arch is made from a piece of oak, pruned off a tree in the yard. After trimming it up to the approximate dimensions of 2×3 lumber, I drew the arch on the side of it. But before cutting the arch on the band saw, I used a forstner bit to drill the holes. That way, no tear out!

The arch is attached to an oak base with two recessed screws from underneath. Then I marked where the pen tips touch the base, unscrewed the arch, and drilled holes in the base for the pen tips to rest in. Those little holes are about 3/16”’ diameter and 3/16” deep.

Everything is sanded to 220 grit, and then sprayed with three coats of gloss lacquer. My goal in finishing was to keep the display rack as “vanilla” as possible, so as not to distract from the beauty of the wood in the pens. Thanks for looking.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 06-18-2013 02:12 AM

Art, Great display piece. I like the plain vanilla look, it does do a good job of highlighting the pens.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 06-18-2013 02:50 AM

Art, the display is as elegant as the pens…..........nice going!!............Jim

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

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#3 posted 06-18-2013 03:55 AM

Nice pen display Art….I can see you make even large one’s soon

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 06-18-2013 10:35 AM

This one has that WOW factor, very nice! Art, and creative.

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#5 posted 06-18-2013 12:09 PM

Nice touch. Not sure what I like best, as all looks great.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 06-18-2013 12:35 PM

That’s a gr8 piece to display some gr8 pens. That makes those pens look even better. Like it more than those plastic ones.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 06-18-2013 03:00 PM

Very, very nice! Am adding it to my to-do list. I don’t have any display quality pens but I plan to use something similar on my desk at work. I can never find the leaded pen or the blue pen or the highlighter or….all jumbled up in my coffee cup.

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#8 posted 06-20-2013 03:43 PM

Pretty and cool display rack for the equally pretty pen collection. A great way to showcase and store them. Well done!

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#9 posted 12-15-2017 02:34 PM

I hope y’all have better luck than I have had in selling my pens. Had to let them go at my cost and gifts just to get rid of the innovatory. Had a ball making them though.

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