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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 course you don't need to use a fence post, any 4 x 4 will do.

It just shows that you can bring life back to any chunks of wood laying around by turning it on the lathe.

Cost: $5 at most
Time: 1.5 hours or so

Step 1: Cut off the piece to turn

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Cut a piece of the 4x4, this length will determine the final height of your pencil holder. I cut about 8".
 
fasaxc3 years ago
If you have a drill chuck for the lathe you can put the chuck in the tail end of the lathe and use the rotation of the lathe to do the drilling.
Mikey9903 years ago
Love the squared off sections
nduzzle3 years ago
very nice, different finishes on all 3?