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fence post = boring, turned pencil holders = fun(er) I made these at Maker Place http://www.makerplace.com from an old 4" x 4" cedar fence post laying around. Of ...
Cut a piece of the 4x4, this length will determine the final height of your pencil holder. I cut about 8".
Find the center of your wood, then attach the lathe faceplate. VERY important to use good quality, aggressive screws or lags here so your pencil holder doesn't go ...
Keep the tool rest VERY close to the wood. Use sharp chisels, I started with a gouge. i wanted to leave some squared sections so I marked with ...
Once happy with the outside shape, it's a good idea to sand it smooth before moving on to the inside. I used 80 grit, then 220 grit. A ...
The inside is tough to hollow on green end grain. To save some time and swearing I used the drill press with a 1" blade to get it ...
I marked again the max width of the hollow section, then used a scraper chisel to hollow out the rest. Once your depth is good, sand the inside ...
Time to add finish. I used a liquid poly/wax with a clean rag to bring out the color. Fine grit sand paper and/or steel wool in between will ...
All done, here's 3 different variations from the same fence post. Guess what the family is getting for xmas? ;p
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