Every now and then, a student will spend a big chunk of class making sure his/her pencil is SHARP. For some reason, after a particularly long day, I was vegging at my desk staring blank-eyed at my pencil sharpener. It was one of those *LIGHT-BULB!!!!* moments.
You, too, can have a gas powered pencil sharpener. All you need is a weedeater, a pencil sharpener, and a few scraps of wood and metal.
This weedeater was left in pieces after one of my students decided they didn't want to fix it. I managed to mix and match enough parts to get it running and piece this together.
Still isn't running quite right yet because the carburetor isn't correct, but it runs enough to sharpen a pencil and get real hot!
Step 1: Gather Materials
A running weedeater. If you can find one that has a clutch, it would work MUCH better than the one I used!
A useable pencil sharpener
Scrap of wood to mount to
Scraps of metal for motor mounts
Misc. nuts and bolts
Duct tape. VERY important...
Screwdrivers for screws
Saw for wood
Metal cutting tools- snips, shears, saw, whatever
Metal punching tools- pin punch, turrent punch, knockout punch, whatever
Tap and Die set