Introduction: Metal Man Pencil Holder

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This looks cool and makes a pretty generic gift (most people have pencils, right?)

Step 1: What You Need:

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- Hacksaw
- Coping saw
- Bench grinder, file, or DREMEL with grinding bit
- Sheet metal
- Vice grips (one pair the needle nose type)
- Protractor
- Blowtorch (if you want to heat treat the steel)

Step 2:

- Download the PDF below and print it off
- Cut out the metal man and attach it to your piece of steel ( I like using magnets to attach the paper)

Step 3:

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- Use the hacksaw to cut out the body and the coping saw to cut out the head

Step 4:

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- Use the bench grinder, file or DREMEL to round the head and shoulders, and touch up any rough cuts
- If you want the pencil holder to be shiny or want to heat colour it use the bench grinder, file or DREMEL to remove the scale (if there is any; the scale is usually dark grey)

Step 5:

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- Use the vice grips to bend the arms and leg to the angles specified in the template (you may need some leverage)
- The "wrists" are indicated by the black rectangles on the template
- You may need to grind or file the feet to make the pencil holder stand without wobbling
- Use a file to remove any marks left on the pencil holder by the vice grips

Step 6: Heat Colouring; Optional

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- To heat colour the pencil holder take the blowtorch and "paint" the pencil holder with heat, pausing for about a minute after every few "strokes" to let the colour sink in
- Here's a list of the approximate temperatures (Fahrenheit) at which colours form:

Pale yellow 400 – 420
Light Yellow 430 – 440
Yellow 450 – 460
Straw 470 – 480
Dark Straw 490
Bronze 500
Dark Brown 541 – 520
Light Purple 530
Purple 540
Dark Purple 550 – 560
Blue 570 – 580
Dark Blue 590 – 600
Light Blue 610 – 620
Blue Green 630 – 640
Grey 650


pclarke2 (author)2014-10-01

Great little idea, shall have a collection of little men all round my workshop soon.

M3G (author)pclarke22014-10-02

Thanks, I'd love to see pictures!

Tinworm (author)2014-01-25

first off...I think this is a terrific project, very nicely presented!

But can I say a word on safety. Never hold a file by the tang (as in your generic picture of a file). Always have the tang firmly slotted in a wooden handle. It is so easy to jam the tang through your hand. I liked the way you used gloves when handling the steel.

M3G (author)Tinworm2014-01-25

Thanks for the kind words and safety information.

lsaerens (author)2013-08-24

what thickness do you use for your metal?

M3G (author)lsaerens2013-08-24

You could use any thickness around 1mm, but I used 16 gauge, which is 1.5mm thick.

3366carlos (author)2013-04-05

very cool.

M3G (author)3366carlos2013-04-05

Thank you!

Husham Samir (author)2012-08-22

Nice work.

M3G (author)Husham Samir2012-08-22


dee4402 (author)2012-07-07

This looks awesome!

M3G (author)dee44022012-07-07


artworker (author)2012-06-27

Cool! Will make an army of pencil bearers!

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