by Phil Colson
Seems I can never find a pencil in the shop. Need to mark something, or write a great thought that will
make lots of money, and I can't find the (blank) pencil. I started to think:
"Where can I put the pencil so I'll
always be able to find it? Next to my grinder? On the drill press table? On the top of my lathe? I know I'll
buy a dozen pencils and put them all over the shop!"
Still doesn't work. I need the pencil to become
obvious so I can see it. It needs to stick up in the air which is not normal for a pencil to do, but then I can recognize
it right off.
Solution: Pop the eraser out of the metal end and glue in a couple of 1⁄4” magnets. When the pencil gets
too short to sharpen I can drop it in some acetone and dissolve the glue and use the magnets on the next
pencil. It works for me.
Phil can be reached directly via email at
The Highland Woodturner