We’ve been asked many times by attendees how to build the pencil dispenser we use at our Katz Roadshow events. It is a handy and cool thing to have in a shop. Just ask Jed Dixon—he has the very first one I made…at least, the first one that worked.
This isn’t a difficult project, but it is time consuming. My first design was even more time consuming. Then Todd Murdock stepped in and offered a brilliant improvement: make the cylinder and handles in separate pieces.
Click this link if you’d like to download the drawing itself. Be sure to check out the ‘interactive’ handles—click on one of them using the “Interact” tool, and watch the cylinder spin!
|The dimensions in the Sketchup drawing aren’t etched in stone. You can build the thing any size you want, just be sure the cylinder is long enough to hold a pencil!
|I’d suggest turning the cylinder on your lathe first, especially if you’re as green as I am when it comes to turning. Once you know the diameter of the cylinder, make the sides about 1/4 in. wider.
And if you’re still in the dark about how the thing is assembled—I certainly was, until I built the first one!—here’s a short video where you can see me fumbling my way, from the lathe through the final assembly. I’m sure you’ll notice right away that Todd’s drawings look a lot nicer than the thing I built!