More ways to let the USPS make a drawing for you, you lazy bum
Step 1: Materials
For this drawing, I chose a box and built the stylus and paper around it. The box was approximately 10"x10".
Step 2: But How to Begin?
I took a 1/4" piece of plywood, approximately 9" square and drilled 9 holes in it. The holes should approximate the diameter of the pencils used. A little over is ok, a lot over is not. Next, cut sharpened pencils to size and install.
Step 3: How to Sharpen a Bunch of Pencils in a Short Amount of Time: an Instructable Inside an Instructable.
At the onset of this idea, my old, beloved Boston Brand electric pencil sharpener died. I tried and tried to revive her, but my efforts were in vain. I still mourn her passing.
But on the upside, I've found a way that makes her fairly obsolete!
Step 1: Find a sad, broken or otherwise unsharpened pencil
Step 2: Secure it in the chuck of a power drill.
Step 3: Apply cheap, plastic manual pencil sharpener
Step 4: Gun it.
You can sharpen a lot of pencils very quickly this way, and it's fun to misuse tools.
Step 4: Cut Pencils to Length.
I simply used a utility knife to cut the pencils to size. I marked a line on my bench as to the desired length and laid the pencil against it. Rolling the pencil back and forth with the blade applied scored the pencil enough that it was easy to snap off cleanly.
Step 5: Install and Assemble.
Place the shorty pencils in the holes. I added a dab of hot glue on the back for extra security. Fill the board. Find a suitably sized smooth backing for your paper, and tape together. Assemble as shown.
Step 6: The Results.
As with any drawing machine, the parameters defined will be expressly displayed in the product. As you can see here, square box equals square markings. Viva Crappy Art!
Next: Pocket Drawings!