In this tutorial I’m going to explain how to build a pen tip holder. I love my tip holder as it keeps my pen tips organized and readily accessible. The holder is pretty easy to construct, but does require a drill.
Now, let’s get to work.
SKILL LEVEL: 1
- 1 – Pine board = 3/4” wide x 6” long x 2” tall (1.9 x 15.2 x 5.1 cm)
- 1 – Pine board = 3/4” wide x 6” long x 3” tall (1.9 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm)
- 1 – Pine board = 3/4” wide x 6” long x 4” tall (1.9 x 15.2 x 10.2 cm)
- Wood Glue (like Titebond or even Elmer’s Wood glue)
- Wood Awl (optional)
- Drill – power hand drill or drill press
- 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) Drill Bit (depending on size of pen tip)
- Flame Torch (optional)
But it also needs to be smaller than the pen tip flange or lip. With Colwood pen tips, the shaft is 3/8” (0.95cm), and the flange is 5/8” (1.58cm). 4/8 is equal to 1/2, so the ½” (1.27cm) drill bit is perfect for this.
ABOUT THE WOOD
Todd used pine lumber, that he purchased at a home improvement store like Lowe’s or Home Depot, to construct the holder. You can purchase dimensional lumber in the different heights needed, or buy a 1x4x8 (2.54cm x 10.2cm x 2.44m) and cut it down as necessary to get the 3 pieces of wood you need. Be aware that you will have a lot left over.
STEP 1 – MARK BOARD
Place the ruler on the edge of the board and draw a short line at the ¾ inch (1.9 cm) mark. Then draw another short line ¾’s of an inch away from the first line. Continue this process until you have 7 short lines on the board.
STEP 2 – DRILL BOARDS
STEP 3 – ASSEMBLE
Now press the 2” and the 3” boards together. MAKE SURE that the bottom edges are even with each other. Press the boards very firmly together for 30-60 seconds or so. If some glue oozes out along the seams, that’s okay and a great sign that you’ve applied enough pressure. Remove the extra glue and let the boards sit for 15-20 minutes to set.
Then place the board on top of the large board. Again MAKE SURE the bottom edges are even with each other. Press firmly for 30-60 seconds. Remove any surplus glue and let the boards sit for 15-20 minutes. Again, if you have any clamps, you can clamp the boards together.
STEP 4 – TORCH
If you have a flame torch and you used pine wood to create the pen tip holder, then use the torch to char the grain lines. This technique works well with pine because its high pitch or sap content causes the grain lines to darken much faster than the rest of the wood.
This tutorial is done. This is a very easy project to build and I find mine extremely helpful. I just love having my pen tips nearby in a way that I can easily see which one I want and keep them organized.
Until the next blog,
Aug 9, 2019
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