Stumpy's Tubafore Contest Entry - SuperSize!

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Project by ChuckV posted 01-12-2012 03:16 PM 3136 views 7 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my favorite scenes in the movie This Is Spinal Tap involves a confusion between inches and feet that leads to a miniature stage prop. This is kind of the opposite of that. I now own a very large half-worn-out pencil and a stick match.

In the style of an LJ review, here are my findings.

The pencil

  • I will be surprised if I misplace it in my shop.
  • I do not find myself chewing on it.
  • I have a hard time holding it behind my ear.
  • It is awkward to use for marking dovetails.
  • It is easy to overdo it with the eraser.

The match

  • This is the perfect wood stove fire starter. It is a match and kindling in one.
  • It would probably be useful for signaling search aircraft if lost in the wilderness.
  • I don’t smoke, but I imagine that there could be a danger using it to light a cigarette.
  • It would be cumbersome to take hiking.
  • I do not recommend the “light it on your fly” trick (don’t ask why I say that).

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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T. D. Reid

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#1 posted 01-12-2012 03:24 PM

Nice job! I recommend that you donate the pencil to the local elementary school; kids would love this thing hanging in their school. lol

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#2 posted 01-12-2012 03:28 PM

This could be handy, I spend one day a week searching for all of the pencils that I loose in my shop…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#3 posted 01-12-2012 03:46 PM

Great entry into our contest!

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#4 posted 01-12-2012 03:47 PM

I need that i’m always misplacing one. So I usually have three or four sharp laying around. Nice job!

-- Marty Ohio

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#5 posted 01-12-2012 03:53 PM

You got any pictures of the pencil sharpener for that rig? It’s got tobe the size of a small car. lol

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#6 posted 01-12-2012 04:02 PM

ncdon -
You got that right! The sharpener requirement is a related CON for the pencil. My first attempt was an old-school hand-cranked version. That was just exhausting. Now I have the John Deere pencil-sharpening attachment for my riding mower. It is even the right colors.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#7 posted 01-12-2012 04:22 PM

pretty cool projects well done

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 01-12-2012 04:34 PM

in keeping it on-topic with This Is Spinal Tap – do you think it’s possible that this match is what caused the drummer to burst up in flames and disappear?

great looking project.. I kinda like the idea of framing a room with these pencils and leave it as is

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 01-12-2012 05:21 PM

2 well done projects.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#10 posted 01-12-2012 06:57 PM

Well done. I particularly like the pencil, and can empathise with getting the angles correct as years ago I made a draft table for my daughters with pencil legs. I ended up making all the angles equal (the angles on a actual pencil generally – including the one beside me on my desk – are not actually all equal) so to make construction easier.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#11 posted 01-12-2012 07:21 PM

Both are very cool projects.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#12 posted 01-12-2012 08:15 PM

How cool are these! Really enjoyed seeing this one… Very cool!

”I have a hard time holding it behind my ear.”

Now that’s funny!!!!!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 01-12-2012 08:46 PM

Now these are very humorous and your analytical review was entertaining as well! Fun stuff!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#14 posted 01-12-2012 09:06 PM

The big question is, Do either one of them go to 11??!

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#15 posted 01-12-2012 09:15 PM

^^ 11 – LOL

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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