Cleaning up my garage this weekend, I realized that I didn’t have a good place to keep my pens and pencils. Fortunately, I have a lathe, a 1 1/2 inch paddle bit, and a small tree trunk already pre-turned to a good size to keep everything in.
If you’ve been following along with my projects, you probably remember something quite similar where I made tiny vases or pots for small plants out of wood. This was obviously very similar. The differences were that I used a eurethane/stain combo to finish the piece (Minwax Satin Polyshades “Chestnut” available from Amazon, or likely from a local hardware store), and sanded it down better after rough-cutting it with my South Bend lathe. The piece was then setup on a milling machine the paddle bit was used to form the pen/pencil cavity.
The paddle bit operation could have been done on a lathe, but I don’t have the proper chuck setup for it. This wood vase is a simple project, but it’s nice to be able to say “I don’t have anywhere to put this,” then just make something yourself.