Recently I was motivated to get out in the shop by a cup build-off put on by Izzy Swan's Tool Masters Association. There was a prize up for grabs and it was a fun excuse to get out in the shop. I had some rough walnut from craigslist and a desire to play with some interesting geometry, so I got to work on this walnut and aluminum pencil cup.
Overall I like how it turned out. If I were to build another one, I'd get some thicker aluminum, as the scraps I had on hand were pretty thin. Other than that, it was a fun project. Since the aluminum was embedded in the panels, I had to clean the dust off well before finally coating it with spray lacquer.