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Re: First successful (sort of) Pencil

david weaver
So far, it's just a groove in a board so that I can plane the facets by hand.

I realize that's not going to suit a larger audience (the thrill for me is trying to do things mostly freehand with little setup - part of the laziness that limits how crisp my hand planes will be. that very mild thrill of trying to get better at something all the time so that I don't lose interest ...that ultimately limits my work to being decent but not better. I think a dedicated fixture could make a really fantastic pencil, but I'm not smart enough to learn it right away.)

I'm thinking for now that octagonal in a 90 degree groove should allow me to plane strokes that will make the pencil almost even but not perfect. That's in line with what I like to do, I guess - from a distance, I want it to look like nothing unusual, but to the most anal retentive close-viewer, something should look a little off compared to a machine pencil.

This may rise to the level of being video worthy without stooping to some of the efforts that I saw on youtube where people want to build a multi-hundred dollar device that actually takes the skill out of building the pencil.

sizing the barrel to square after glue up with a backsaw and a plane upside down in the vise is really pleasing. trying to facet the barrel then from that point freehand.....not so much!! It may be pretty easy to do it freehand with an octagonal barrel, though - I haven't tried yet, nor have I made a perfectly straight barrel after sizing - my two boards have slight grain variation and the water in the glue puts them in a fight.

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