Annie's stand for nail varnishes. I made it from a half cylinder of wild cherry, part of a bough that fell victim to some local highways hedgecutting a while ago.
Wanting to retain as much of the character of the bough as I could in the finished stand, I used my 1930s rabbet plane to cut a rebate on either side of a raised strip then used the brace and bit to bore holes for the various diameters of pens and sticks. But the most pleasing part of the project was using the iron from a gutter plane as an improvised scraper to create a tapering hollow where a pencil, earrings or other small items might lie in safety. The rectangular recess for the pencil sharpener was chopped out using a chisel and mallet before the stand was finished with a neutral wax.