Make Wooden Pencils

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Introduction: Make Wooden Pencils

About: I am a full-time online content creator, designing, creating and teaching the art of woodworking. I have an art background that I incorporate into my projects and focus on originality and design.

Quick and easy woodworking project anybody can do with a tablesaw and a router. A perfect way to get rid of the scraps you have lying around.

Step 1: Cutting Pencil Blanks

Cut two thin strips of your favorite wood. Size doesn't matter yet as we'll be cutting down to size in a later step.

Step 2: Route Groove

Using a v-groove bit route a very small channel in each piece. This will be used to hold the pencil lead.

Step 3: Drawing Leads

For the graphite I'm using drawing leads I picked up from Amazon.

Step 4: Gluing Up

Add plenty of wood glue to each half and insert the drawing lead in the groove.

Step 5: Clamp It Up

Now clamp tightly and let dry for at least one hour.

Step 6: Cutting Down to Size

Now you can cut your pencil down to size. I found an existing pencil and used that as my size guide.

Step 7: Cutting to Length

Then cut the pencil to length. Here in the photo I'm cutting all my pencils at once.

Step 8: Sanding

Using a jig with adhesive backed sandpaper and two pieces of wood angled at 120°, I sand some angles to create a hexagon shape.

Step 9: Finishing

Optional: add a coat of polyurethane to bring out the beauty of the wood and add a bit of protection.

Step 10: Dip in Paint

Optional: Dip the end in white paint for a decorative look. I angled my dip for an added effect.

Step 11: Sharpen Your Pencil

And finally sharpen away! I did find that some exotic woods are very hard and takes a bit of force to sharpen.

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    23 Comments

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    125654
    125654

    Question 1 year ago on Step 11

    how long does it take to make a pencil

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    asergeeva
    asergeeva

    4 years ago

    These guys look almost too pretty to use! Thanks for sharing :)

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    asergeeva
    asergeeva

    4 years ago

    These guys look almost too pretty to use! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Meglymoo87
    Meglymoo87

    4 years ago

    That's cool! Fantastic 'ible, too :)

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    Jonathanrjpereira
    Jonathanrjpereira

    Reply 4 years ago

    And that Video was awesome too

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    Luke Rodley
    Luke Rodley

    4 years ago

    Nice! You could also try putting the pencil in an electric screwdriver and sand it that way as if you were using it on a lathe.

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    4 years ago

    Nice! Your video editing skills are really good!

    Only a small problem... Are you even going to use them? Why ruin them? ;)

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    JoeB95
    JoeB95

    4 years ago

    This project will really put lead in your pencil.

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    CarmenG19
    CarmenG19

    4 years ago

    I'd love to buy these...I don't suppose you have some to sell? For those of us who are into recycling, it's a brilliant idea for a small business!!!

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    CarmenG19
    CarmenG19

    Reply 4 years ago

    those of us without a table saw, router or any idea what they are lol kidding but serious about buying!

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    stamatis66
    stamatis66

    4 years ago

    Great, thanks for it.

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    eastcoaster53
    eastcoaster53

    4 years ago

    hi, great job. it would be good to get some quality lead pieces. the pencils you buy today are usually crap.not like the old days, a good hb pencil would write till it wore down and then you could sharpen them without the lead breaking and falling out. i think i will make some inquiries about good lead lengths and make a few pencils. eastcoaster53

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    MTummino
    MTummino

    4 years ago

    What kind of router bit did you use? Size?

    Great

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    kart15
    kart15

    4 years ago

    perfact

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    deluges
    deluges

    4 years ago

    Simple and effective. I like it

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    gm280
    gm280

    4 years ago

    If you have a jointer, you could angle the jointer fence and get a six-side finish pretty easy. Nice idea and execution anyway.

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    Wolfbane221
    Wolfbane221

    4 years ago

    really cool!!

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    4 years ago

    The sanding bit is very clever. Awesome work. :D