Emergency Pencil Sharpening for the Workshop

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About: I'm a mechanical engineer in the Eindhoven region. In my spare time I like to make random stuff, both usefull and especially useless.

Out of sharp pencils, that should no longer be a problem when you're finished reading this Instructable.

WARNING: No regular pencil sharpeners allowed.

Step 1: Almighty Axe

Is your chin covered with hair? Are you a descendant of the Vikings? Did you own to many trees? Are you a real man? Or is it simply the closest tool available? Get your axe and get to sharpening.

Step 2: Clever Chisel

The clever chisel, in my opinion one of the more elegant solutions to our problem. A very sharp tool with a large amount of control. This way of pencil sharpening should be on everyone's bucket list.

Step 3: Powerful Plane

This is one of the more dangerous ones in the emergency list. But sometimes, in times of need you should consider what is more important to you, a sharp pencil and a band aid or a thick pencil line.

Step 4: Beautiful Box Cutter

The box cutter, something everyone will own. Their are knifes in everyone's kitchen, but none as effective in sharpening your pencil. Doesn't it work anymore, just replace the blade.

Step 5: Smooth Sandpaper

If all else failed, go get your favorite grit. Go fast with a low 40 grid and convert your 10 cm pencil to one of only 6 cm. Or go gentle, take a grid of 500 or more and reach the perfect pencil point in a slow but steady pace.

Step 6: Everything Else

What in your workshop can't be used for sharpening your pencil. Probably almost anything is some sort of candidate. And besides, the fact you have a workshop means you should be creative enough to get your pencil sharpened.

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    IsaiahB6

    1 year ago

    just use a pocket knife, kitchen or one the large knives in your backyard that use for everything.

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    ruudcreatesIsaiahB6

    Reply 1 year ago

    The part of the box cutter was first about knifes in general. But I was afraid of all the ''Stay-at-Home Moms who couldn't handle it when somebody is toughing there tools'' spanking my butt here in the comments.

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    FredrikK6

    1 year ago on Step 6

    Nice! :o) my grandad would always use an axe to sharpen his pencils in the workshop. Not only was he a descendant of the Vikings (we're Norwegian), he was also a forester/lumberjack, a woodcutter and a builder. :o)

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    ruudcreatesFredrikK6

    Reply 1 year ago

    I though I was joking during this entire Instructable, but I guess there is more truth to it than I would have thought. What a great combo of a grandad.

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    ruudcreatesventifact

    Reply 1 year ago

    What dangerous contraption did you hide under your workbench?

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    DougB86

    1 year ago

    Who hasn’t used the side of a power grinding wheel or a belt sander?

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    dave5201

    1 year ago

    How about your straight razor, the concrete floor in the shop or that chipped tooth you have been meaning to get capped?
    Seriousness aside, you are thinking outside the box. The pencil box, that is.
    Your point (somebody stop me) is well made...

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    ruudcreatesdave5201

    Reply 1 year ago

    Should I be visualising someone chewing his pencel in a point?

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    dave5201ruudcreates

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yes. The pencil lead does not taste bad. Your tongue may be black for a couple of hours though.

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    ruudcreatesYonatan24

    Reply 1 year ago

    Pretty sure that should be possible. Any other electric tool could do the trick I think, allthough a powerhammer could be a hard one.

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    Yonatan24ruudcreates

    Reply 1 year ago

    I think if you have a strong enough hydraulic press, you'll be able to turn the pencil into a pure carbon rod, no need to sharpen!

    Same goes with a soldering iron.