DIY salvaged wood pencil & pen caddy
I had a scrap 4×4 piece of wood sitting around and decided to put it to use. Drilling the holes in this desk caddy was a bit harder than it looks. This was my third try. It made me wish for a drill press. But, if you have a steady hand and a good eye, a standard drill will work.
I love that it echoes the shapes of the keys on the keyboard. I went with a sleek look, but you can paint or decoupage the caddy any way you want. Bonus: It makes a great bookend too.
How to make a salvaged wood pencil & pen caddy
scrap 4×4 board (try Freecycle or a salvage yard)
sanding block & sandpaper
drill and ½-inch drill bit
ruler & pencil
1. First cut the 4×4 in 4-inch pieces. (You might need more than one in case you mess up). Thanks Rick for cutting the wood for me!
2. Use a ruler and pencil to draw a grid to guide you when drilling the holes. My holes are about ½ inch from the edge and ½ inch from each other.
3. Measure three inches on the drill bit, and mark it with a flag of painter’s tape. This will ensure that all your holes are the same depth. Drill each of the holes, making sure that the drill is exactly straight up. I used a ½-inch drill bit, but if your pencils and pens are fatter, use a larger drill bit.
4. Sand all the sides smooth. Fill any nicks with wood filler, let dry, then sand smooth again. Remove dust with a tack cloth.
5. Apply one coat of spray primer. (I used regular primer because it’s what I had on hand.) Let dry, then lightly sand. Remove dust with a tack cloth, and apply another coat of primer. Let dry.
6. Apply three coats of spray paint, letting dry 15-20 minutes after each coat.
7. Stick felt feet on the bottom.
8. Load it up with your favorite pens and pencils. Enjoy!
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