With the popularity of a box cutter in form of a lock-back pocket knife, I
always have one in my pocket. I feel naked without it. Sharpens good for
That said, I really like the looks of the drill sharpener. I may pick one
I strongly suspect it is a satire aimed squarely at the Artisanal Pencil
Sharpening guy. Who liked the video and then links to it from his site.
Note that this video recommends the same tubes for shipping pencils as
APS, but also that the pencil shown being sharpened does not end up
looking as good as APS, due to the carbon getting all over the wood
a perfect cone point does not seem artistic at all
I'm still in awe of how well the whole thing was done.
I loved how he referred to setting up a pencil sharpening "practice"
rather than a "business" -- thus elevating being a pencil sharpener to
the same category as being a lawyer or doctor. The classic 1940's
leather train case for his equipment was a nice touch too.
I do remeber being taught how to sharpen a pencil in junior high
school shop class when we were doing a 9-week mechanical drawing
course (using wooden pencils) -- and then again as a feshman at Penn
State (using mechanical lead-holders).
Of course there aren't any subjects that I take way too seriously and
rant on and on about until all my fiends are ready to strangle me.
[Did I tell you about the ad on Craig's List for a "Radio Alarm Saw",
I'm assuming that one's due to auto-correct, but for dog's sake
people, proof-read your ad when you're done.
Or how about placing an ad which comprises (in its entirety)
"Craftsman table saw: $275. North Metro" -- no photo, model number or
specs. Craftsman has been selling table saws for something like 75
years, and has sold probably a few hundred different models. Of
course when I'm shopping for a table saw, it doesn't matter which
model it is, how old it is or what sort of shape it's in. What
matters is that it's from the "north metro". Or how about the ad for
"hand tools: $100 for everything in picture" with no picture.
BTW, the guy tring to sell a $7 set of Menards house brand spade bits
for $17 has updated his ad. There's now a picture of both the front
and back of the blister pack. At least he spelled everything
Grant Edwards grant.b.edwards Yow! Hmmm ... an arrogant
at bouquet with a subtle
I never realized how dangerous a drill press could be until I started
reading machinist forums. If the bit grabs, the workpiece can come around
and hit you faster than your reflexes can take corrective action.
It doesn't seem to be as big of problem with wood, as the wood doesn't
provide as good of hold as metal or plastic. However, I've had a few times
where the bit has grabbed and spun a small workpiece around. I also had
one time where it grabbed and pulled the piece around and whacked the
column. Better it than me.
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