|Project by Scott R. Turner||posted 02-01-2011 05:17 AM||2363 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
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.