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Turn a Toothpick Holder

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Turned Toothpick HolderI found this toothpick holder kit at Rockler.  It’s a fun turn, very similar to turning a pen on a lathe.  This kit has gold color end caps that look very nice and the rubber gasket to keep the inside dry.  Also included with the kit is a key ring for convenience.  Turning the toothpick holder kit was easy and I completed the whole project in about an hour.  I used EEE-Ultra Shine as a finish and then put a layer of Shella Wax on top of that.  I’ll include some links for some of the products I used to turn to this near the end of this post.

If you make one of these be sure to post a picture of it over on the WoodLogger Facebook Page.  I’d love to see how yours turns out. (pun intended)


Material List

  • (1) Toothpick Holder Kit
  • (1) 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ x 6″ Acrylic or Wood Blank

Milling & Assembly

Turned Toothpick HolderThe toothpick holder kit comes with only a few pieces.  The tube, key-ring, and two caps.  If you’ve turned any “kit type” projects in the past you’ll find this one a snap to put together.
Turned Toothpick HolderI cut the blank about 1/8″ longer than the tube with a miter saw.

After the cutting the blank I then found the center point on the end of the blank.  I used a center finder, but a ruler will do the job just as quick.  I then drilled a hole using a 7mm drill bit.

Turned Toothpick HolderTurned Toothpick HolderAfter drilling out the hole for the tube.  I scuffed up the tube with sandpaper.  This is done to help the CA glue that I used to give it something to grab onto.  The CA Glue I used is called stick fast.  Which is appropriately named.
Turned ToothPick HolderTurned Toothpick HolderNext up I headed to the lathe and turned the blank to shape.  I used a bowl gauge and skim until I was happy with the size and shape.  After that, I sanded the toothpick holder and finished it with EEE-Ultra Shine, and Shella Wax.
Turned Toothpick HolderTurned Toothpick HolderThe assembly for the toothpick holder was quick and easy.  I used a pen press to help with the assembly for mine.  If you’re considering doing a lot of these kits you may want to invest in one of these.
Turned Toothpick HolderThe final product turned out great.  This toothpick holder kit was a quick and easy project that can be done in about an hour.


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One comment

  1. What kind of wood did you use? It turned out gorgeous.

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