LumberJocks

Stumpy's Tubafore Contest Entry - SuperSize!

  • Advertise with us
Project by ChuckV posted 01-12-2012 03:16 PM 3016 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

PROS:
  • I will be surprised if I misplace it in my shop.
  • I do not find myself chewing on it.
CONS:
  • 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

PROS:
  • 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.
CONS:
  • 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).

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson





27 comments so far

View T. D. Reid's profile

T. D. Reid

275 posts in 996 days


#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

View boxcarmarty's profile

boxcarmarty

9289 posts in 1012 days


#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.....

View StumpyNubs's profile

StumpyNubs

6192 posts in 1452 days


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

Great entry into our contest!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

View bigpops0259's profile

bigpops0259

300 posts in 2801 days


#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

View ncdon's profile

ncdon

146 posts in 1528 days


#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,http://www.ncdon.com Working full time at retired.

View ChuckV's profile

ChuckV

2418 posts in 2179 days


#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.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

112079 posts in 2229 days


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

pretty cool projects well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View PurpLev's profile

PurpLev

8476 posts in 2300 days


#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.

View canadianchips's profile

canadianchips

1831 posts in 1649 days


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

2 well done projects.

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

View DamnYankee's profile

DamnYankee

3233 posts in 1214 days


#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

View MShort's profile

MShort

1726 posts in 2070 days


#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.” ---

View Maveric777's profile

Maveric777

2690 posts in 1728 days


#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!!!!!...lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

View Jonathan's profile

Jonathan

2605 posts in 1702 days


#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."

View Ripthorn's profile

Ripthorn

757 posts in 1637 days


#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

View ChuckV's profile

ChuckV

2418 posts in 2179 days


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

^^ 11 – LOL

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

showing 1 through 15 of 27 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase