Make Your Very Own Pencil Tube!





Introduction: Make Your Very Own Pencil Tube!

Make your very own fantastical Pencil Tube! I, being a high school student, am one of those people that can not hold onto a writing utensil for more than two classes. However, under the guidance of the deity-esque Pencil Tube I was able to go for an entire month without losing a single pencil. However, some largely proportioned jerk decided to sit on my majestic pencil tube, snapping it into pieces. So I decided to make a new one, and an instructable to go with it!

This is my first instructable so do enjoy.

Step 1: Materials

-A Street Address
You need a street address for the nice people at ClearTec to deliver for free sample of plastic mailing tubes.

For insertion into the pencil recepticle.

For making the incision in the pencil tube cap.

Step 2: Order Your Tubes

To make a pencil tube, you need a tube of course. I got mine as free samples from the chaps over at ClearTec. You can specify the dimensions that you want. I went with 1 1/2" diameter and 9" in length. I thought it would be wider, but that was because I didn't check a ruler for reference. (Doh) However, that was only because I wanted a really wide one for medical pens. 1 1/2" should be perfect for normal pens and pencils, as you can see.

The tubes should come in a week or two. Mine came in a nice box with a letter from the sales rep.

Step 3: Assemble the Tubes

Snap the top onto the tube. Watch for shrapnel.

Step 4: Make the Incision.

Using your knife or razor, make an incision across the top of the cap you just snapped on. It should extend from one side to the other, leaving a few millimeters of clearance.

Step 5: Insert Writing Utensils

Pop the cap back off and insert your pens, pencils or what-have-you.

Step 6: Enjoy Your Outstanding Pencil Tube!

Snap the cap back on and enjoy hours of fun with your new Pencil Tube!

To operate the Pencil Tube simply put your thumb and forefinger on opposite sides of the end of the cap, adjacent to the edges of the cut, and squeeze. This will open a recess in the hole, allowing the instruments of calligraphic nature to slide out. Simply do the previous step and hold the tube in a downward facing position to fool silly gravity into doing your dirty work Tom Sawyer style.

Hope you enjoyed this journey through the magnificent Pencil Tube creation process.



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    14 Discussions

    It has been two months since I ordered that set of plastic tubes...

    Nice, I love free things. I wouldn't build this because I typically use a variety of pens and pencils each day, but it's a good idea. Useful especially for SAT's.

    6 replies

    Just ordered some tubes, see how it goes. There were no issues with business name?

    I ordered under the guise of my grandfathers company. They didn't do any checks or anything so it should be find. They will probably send a follow up email, but just respond with the information they need and everything should be fine.

    Ah, I see. I just wrote Drafting Services, because I ordered 3 tubes, 18" x 3 1/2" dia. for holding 18" x 24" construction documents rolled up. They sent a confirmation, not sure if it was auto-response or not.

    You might not receive the exact amount to order, I ordered 5 and received 2.

    oh man, i don't know about pencil tubes, but i am definitely interested in those plastic tubes they're offering for free, iv already ordered a batch of 10, 1"x12" thick walled tubes, i'm excited! i'm going to use at least one as a see thru tube for a mini spud gun, that way when it ignites, i can see the flash! and they say that my shipment is on the way! il post when i get 'em!

    4 replies

    Cool! I was going to add a step on other applications but I thought that there were too many to list. Wouldn't combustion melt small plastic tubes though? And remember, they're just samples. I ordered five and only received two.

    oh my god, i had better get more than 2 tubes, otherwise im going to be ordering an assload more... nothing you cant do with plastic tubes... as for a spudgun, its only a quick flash of combustion, its not enough to actually melt the plastic. man, that just upset me right there, i want my plastic tubes dammit!!

    for sure man, because i am definitely going to look for them... although i doubt that il be able to find them without actually buying them retail without something inside them...