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Pencil Sharpening

While the cutting boards I’m working on are slowly nearing completion, I found a little time yesterday evening to shoot a brief video on sharpening a pencil in the workshop. It’s hopefully a little bit of fun and a little light-hearted more than anything else but it’s mostly to keep my channel ‘busy’ as I’m well aware that it’s been a couple of weeks since Part 1.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments. If you have any of your own suggestions for sharpening then please feel free to share. What would be even better are your tips for not losing pencils in the first place! 😉

Thank you.

4 responses to “Pencil Sharpening

  1. Jeff Branch 29/04/2013 at 03:15

    When all else fails, I use a utility knife. I like how you use your disk sander with the pencil.

    • Olly Parry-Jones 04/05/2013 at 10:18

      Thanks, Jeff. I still can’t get the hang of using a knife and keep on breaking the lead or ending up with too blunt a point. If you have any tips, please feel free to share.

  2. joeabbott 19/05/2013 at 17:14

    I really did think you were going to use you sliding miter saw on a pencil … which I thought was funny after you’d mentioned a utility knife might be dangerous! 🙂 Clever video.

    Pencils are factory-made using a process similar to you disc sander … see the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwYTibTbYHQ, roughly 4:35 into it.

    I use this pencil sharpener in my shop: http://www.notcot.com/archives/2011/03/drill-powered-pencil-sharpener.php

    • Olly Parry-Jones 20/05/2013 at 22:39

      Haha, thanks Joe! I’m glad I caught someone out! 😉

      Thanks for the video link. I’ve had some many leads break and fall out that I’m surprised to learn they DO use glue. Fascinating stuff!

      I love that pencil sharpener! I’m thinking of selling my disc sander as well and that looks like one that’s hard to lose, even in a pile of shavings. 😉

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