Do you know how to make pencil holder by hand? It is very easy to make pencil holder by hand. It is purely a hand made project.
This gives practice in planning, use of testing and marking out tools, sawing, chiseling, and the boring of holes to a given depth; making and using a thumb gauge; working of a simple chamfer. It encourages an appreciation of the properties of wood and the problems involved in its working, and aids familiarity with important and fundamental terms such as face side and face edge.
Required Material to Make Pencil Holder by Hand
Selected pine wood of size: 300mm × 50mm × 25mm (12in × 2in × 1 in). These sizes allow for practice in planing techniques.
Method of Making Pencil Holder by Hand
1. Planning the face side
Select the best side of material, and plane flat, using a jack plane for this operation. Make frequent tests with a straight edge and parallel or winding strips. Apply face side marks when true.
2. Select the best edge
Place wood in vice and plane edges square with face side. Make frequent tests with straight edges and try square, apply face edge marks when true.
3. Set Gauging width
Set marking gauge to 40mm (11⁄2in) and gauge the width from the face edge. Remove waste with a jack plane.
4. Mark Gauging thickness
Set marking gauge to thickness 20mm (3⁄4in) and gauge the thickness all round from the face side. Remove the waste with a jack plane. A sharp pencil run down the gauge line often makes it easier to see.
5. Marking out to Cut
Using a marking knife and try square, mark out the length of the stand leaving about 13mm (1⁄2in) waste at each end. The diagram shows a method of marking out and finding centers of holes. With a brace and an 8mm (5⁄16in) twist bit bore the holes, maintaining the bit in an upright position. Cut material to length. Make a thumb gauge and mark out the chamfer as shown in isometric view. Work chamfer on sides with a smoothing plane. With a 25mm (1in) chisel and using a shearing action make end chamfers.
6. Clean up with a Smoothing Plane
Clean up the part of pencil holder with a smothing plane before finish properly.
7. Finish Properly
Finish with White polish. Apply lightly with a rag.
In conclusion, making a pencil holder by hand is not only a practical project but also an enriching learning experience. It involves various woodworking skills like planning, sawing, chiseling, and boring holes to precise depths.
This project provides an excellent opportunity to understand the properties and workability of wood. The required material, a selected piece of pine wood, is ideal for practicing these techniques.
The process, from planning the wood’s face side and edges to setting gauge widths and marking out the design, culminates in the careful use of a smoothing plane for a clean finish, followed by a white polish application.
This handcrafted pencil holder is not just a functional item but also a testament to the beauty and satisfaction of creating something with one’s own hands.