6 foot tall Red Pencil

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Project by Rob Drown posted 03-23-2010 06:16 AM 3874 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I work for the Construction Division of CalTrans the California Dept of Trans. A fellow who approves our change orders(CCO’s) makes lots of red marks on our change orders. We have to change the cco’s based on his red marks. We gave him this HUGE red pencil as a joke. My boss asked me to build it and chipped in for the lumber.

The eraser section is made out of 8/4 pine, beveled 30 deg on a side and jointed together with bisquets. The body is 4/4 pine beveled and nailed together. The tip is a solid glue up of 2 by DF. Paint the body red, the eraser pink and the brass with brass color. It was fun to build and see the espre’ de corps rise.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#1 posted 03-23-2010 06:59 AM

great pencil, tough to draw a straight line I bet… lol

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#2 posted 03-23-2010 08:26 AM

That is quite clever – well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 03-23-2010 12:34 PM

Wow that is awesome. Reminds me of every english teacher I have ever had.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#4 posted 03-23-2010 01:18 PM

Wright on!


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#5 posted 03-23-2010 01:37 PM

Hey Rob,

Nice job!... now you need to make a cup for him to store the pencil in.


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#6 posted 03-23-2010 03:27 PM

Fun thing and well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 03-23-2010 04:05 PM

My father worked for CalTrans for 33 years! I think he felt the same way you do about change orders. He is gone now but he would have loved your pencil.


-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 03-23-2010 04:06 PM

that´s a very well executed practicel joke
very well done


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#9 posted 03-23-2010 04:20 PM

That looks like a FUN project. I am sure everyone enjoyed it!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#10 posted 03-23-2010 05:45 PM

You didn’t say how he liked the pencil joke. I would have loved it!


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#11 posted 03-23-2010 07:20 PM

Hahaha that is awesome! How heavy is it?

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#12 posted 03-23-2010 07:32 PM

Nice! Stick that sucker behind your ear!

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#13 posted 03-23-2010 07:46 PM

No let him stick it!

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 03-24-2010 02:57 AM

The fellow who received it really appreciated the pencil and the good natured ribbing. It weighed probably 20#. It had to come apart between the body and the eraser to get nit in and out of my truck so that made it easier to transport. A cup to store it in, Wow, that would be some cup??? Thanks for stopping by and giving it a look.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#15 posted 03-24-2010 07:27 AM

I love prop things like this. Good job!


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