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    They are back...........

    Yep.......... more "Toothpick Holders"

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    I'm having our turning club to the Dungeon for a workshop on the 29th of June, I've been asked to demo something, so this is what I've decided to demo, need to get some practice in on these and work out my method for making them, heck, I might even make up a step by step in Japanese.... well, Emiko would.....
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    Looks great! I still haven't tried one of those...
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    May I suggest that you make the 'cup' about 1/4"-1/2 longer/deeper. Found that the toothpicks like to 'jump' and get caught between the outside of the cup and inside wall. Making the cup deeper stops the toothpicks from being able to be stuck. By doing this, it does not effect the function of the holder.

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    Just when you thought it was safe to get out of the water!

    Looks great Stu!
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    I haven't made one of those either and after looking at the pictures, I am really tempted.

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    Great looking holder Stu. I have sold about 30 of them so far. Now they are wanting salt/pepper mills to go with them. That will be a great project to demo.
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    Great job Stu!.

    Is the black part ebony wood or you had it ebonized or dyed? Looks great in contrast with the rest of the piece
    Best regards,
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    Toni I WISH It was Ebony, too rich for my blood, it is just Maple that has been "Ebonized" which, as far as I can tell means you just color it black

    I put a coat of sanding sealer on, sand it to #400, then I use the Japanese "Fudepen" (say Foo-day-pen) the ink in the Fudepen is ground up charcoal and water, so it is black as night. I let that dry, and I might put another coat and wipe it off, then I put another coat of sanding sealer on it, then Carnauba wax, and then buff it out, looks pretty good, I think.

    Anyway, today, I cut up some Maple, unfortunately, I'm out of the really thick stuff, but this stuff is still fairly thick.
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    Should be enough there for 15 or so Toothpick Holders

    Here is the one I made this morning.....

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    Got a few more to go.

    Bernie, after doing 30 plus, do you have any tips or hints to pass along?

    Cheers!
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    Hi Stu.

    Thanks for the explanation.
    May I ask you put next to them a scale indicator such as, box of matches, cigarretes pack, coca bottle or something that can help me figure out what size are they. I know that they are thoothpick holders but on the pics they look fairly large to me.
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    Toni,

    I you go to woodmagazine.com and look under videos it will show you how to do it.
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