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The story behind this little "What is it", is that I had this 1/2 log piece that came with the lumber stash,pic1. I didn't know what kind of wood it was so I cut a about 6" off the end to clean up and see what I had. It turned out to be Maple. I didn't want to just throw away the piece so thought I would make a band saw box out of it.
So I cut the bottom off, cut out the center, glued up the sides and reattached the bottom. The cut on the bottom looked ugly so I made a molding and then made some feet for it and called it a desktop pencil holder.
The finish is 2 coats of spray shellac, and 6 coats of water based poly thinned 50/50 with water. I did stained the base/feet ,because it looked better next to the bark.
Not my finest work, but I saved it from the trash bin.
 

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I like it, Herb. I have some firewood that I might have to try that with. Did you partially sand the bark?
No, The bark side I just blew off the loose stuff with compressed air, and sprayed it a couple of times with shellac, then brushed on the thinned poly. The Poly wants to foam up a little when it fills all the nooks and crannies, so after I get done coating I take a small artist brush and pick off the foam so it doesn't dry white. After several coats it starts to shine.

I don't have a lathe or do any turning. That is a whole nuther world. LOL

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Fine idea. Dividers would help keep pens and pencils upright. Now, make some pens to go with it. I just looked through my wood stash and could make about 137 of those. Just a guesstimate.
I have often thought that a person could make a bowl or vase, by putting 2 pieces back to back. and have bark allway around.

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Herb, Great Job as usual. How long can you keep up the new ideas you show us.
I will try,Bob, to me the fun of it is to see if I can do something different every time. Then try something else the next time. right now I am making a bunch of wooden block planes, I did this several years ago and it was a hoot, they are all gone but one so I am using it for a pattern to make some more, and there is a new design I am going to try too.
I am glad all you guys like what I do, that will maybe stimulate some ideas of your own. Merry Christmas everyone.
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I hope you have a good Christmas Herb . I’m on call , so it’s going to be a quiet one for me .
I don’t have any kids, so I buy the neighbor kids presents .Macie is the oldest at 5 , and I really want to build her something rather than buy her Barbie dolls .
Was hoping to make her a toy chest next year . With any luck I’ll have the laser engraver back on line , and engrave all her favourite characters on the lid etc
 

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I hope you have a good Christmas Herb . I’m on call , so it’s going to be a quiet one for me .
I don’t have any kids, so I buy the neighbor kids presents .Macie is the oldest at 5 , and I really want to build her something rather than buy her Barbie dolls .
Was hoping to make her a toy chest next year . With any luck I’ll have the laser engraver back on line , and engrave all her favourite characters on the lid etc
Rick, I went back andtook your advice and added partions inside the pencil holder. Thanks for the suggestion.
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after careful consideration...
can you make another in a downsized version...
that one won't fit in the shirt pocket...
 
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