This exquisite example of non-standard material use really brightened up my day. I love the idea of making stuff from materials that weren’t intended for the final product. In this case, Peter Brown wanted to do some colorful wood working, so he glued a bunch of colored pencils together to get the raw material for making a wooden ring.

In the video you can see how he glued the pencils so there would be no gaps, Using a couple nails to hold everything securely. Then, he cut a chunk off of this new stock material for his lathe. This experiment could have completely fallen apart at the next step. Turning something like this on a lathe was a bit of an experiment for him. After that, a lot of hand-sanding and some considerable trial and error gave him the final result. The end product is light weight, and quite eye-catching. I find it vaguely reminiscent of rolled clay beads.

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Caleb Kraft

Caleb Kraft

Community Editor for Make:
I get ridiculously excited seeing people make things. I just want to revel in the creativity of the masses! My favorite thing in the world is sharing the hard work of a maker.

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  • Onslowsdry

    Who needs 24 carat when you can have creative art?

  • Preston

    I was making this, I had finished the block, and drilled the center hole. I was cutting the ring out when all of a sudden the pencils broke apart. I’m going to have to do this again. Where did you get your adhesive? or what kind is it?

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/kludge1977 ShopTime

      I’ve made one, and broken 4. I currently have a block all glued up with West System Marine epoxy. I’m hoping for more consistent results… :) Good luck!

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  • http://pauldutch.posterous.com/ Paul Dutch Sandkuijl

    Friend of mine saw this ring and thought “I can make a pen out of this!”
    And he did!
    Attached the result!