Workbench Pencil Box

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Project by Scott R. Turner posted 02-01-2011 05:17 AM 2912 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After finishing a couple of “Pencil Boxes”
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I realized what I really needed was a place to keep pencils in the workshop. They’re always disappearing when I need them most. By dint of long investigation, I’ve realized that someone is sneaking into the workshop while I’m concentrating and moving them—usually to whatever tool I used last. I’ve accused my wife and children, but so far no one has confessed.

I really wanted something handy to the workbench that wouldn’t clutter the top of the bench or get knocked over or easily lost. Eventually I hit upon the notion of making a pencil holder that would hang on one of the dog holes in the front legs of my workbench. (The front legs are coplanar with the vice, so a dog in these holes can hold up the other end of a long board that is clamped in the vise.) I had some notions of putting a spring on the dog, but it turns out that a simple 3/8” dowel holds the pencil box to the leg just fine. And if it’s in the way, it’s a simple matter to pull it out and set it aside.

Hopefully this will dissuade the pencil thief. If not, I have plans for a covert security camera.

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 05:40 AM

Looks like a good solution, just have to watch where they go if you decide to move the box.


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#2 posted 02-01-2011 04:14 PM

Looks great, and we all know what it’s lilke finding a marking tool when we need it. I made one for myself aswell. I had fun building mine too. It reminded me of doing small projects in shop class.

-- Anthony

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#3 posted 05-12-2012 09:55 AM

I like it…same issue in my shop with thieves, and I’m betting this won’t stop them so I’ll be waiting to see your take on wooden cameras. ;)

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#4 posted 05-12-2012 10:23 AM

good solution for finding pencils
and saving time

i use soup cans in pairs
top one for sharp
(with some sawdust in the can
to keep the points from breaking)
i keep my points down
so i don’t jab them in my hand

bottom for dull

got them all around the shop
just screwed on to the wall
or the side of cabs or tables

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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