As a trim carpenter, I find that a sharp pencil is one of my most important tools. For years, I’ve sharpened traditional pencils with my utility knife. The problem is that I often break the lead just when I’ve got it about right. Recently, I picked up a pencil sharpener for a few bucks at my local flea market. I used a couple of machine screws to mount it to a spring clamp that I can attach to my sawhorses or miter-saw stand. Now I can have a perfectly sharpened pencil any time I want.
Kevin Ireton, New Milford, CT