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Sometimes, when I am working in a project I need to go from my TS or DP to another work place I realize I need a pencil to mark a measurement or write down a note and have no pencil for that.
To deal with that I took several left over PVC conduits, put a piece of cork, plastic or wood at their bottoms and placed them everywhere.
 

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Now that's a great idea. I buy the HD orange pencils that have a small, dark lead the makes a nice clean mark. I leave the supplied pencil sharpeners here and there on short wire leashes so I can always find one. I have plenty of pvc floating around.
 

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I need to adopt that idea, Alexis. I have an annoying habit of setting a pencil down and then not being able to find it.
 

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I have an annoying habit of setting a pencil down and then not being able to find it.
I used to do that too. Then started just carrying them in my shirt pocked. Don't have to look for one, and automatically put it back in the pocket. Right now have one ballpoint pen, one felt tip marker, and two mechanical pencils in my shirt pocket - normal for me. Long ago I went to mechanical pencils, the kind you press on the eraser end to push the lead out, cheap, a dozen for $1-2 or so, and work great.
 
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I used to do that too. Then started just carrying them in my shirt pocked. Don't have to look for one, and automatically put it back in the pocket. Right now have one ballpoint pen, one felt tip marker, and two mechanical pencils in my shirt pocket - normal for me. Long ago I went to mechanical pencils, the kind you press on the eraser end to push the lead out, cheap, a dozen for $1-2 or so, and work great.
That’s what I do, but I miss the "automatically put it back" part .....
I start with 4-5 pencils, and pretty soon they’re all gone ....
 

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As so many have said, it's a great idea. My trouble is laying something down and not finding it quickly again and I have a another great solution. Wear the shop apron I bought some time back that I always forget to put on. Actually I have several of these and they all have pockets that keep the pencils and tape measure that I'm constantly looking for. I bought a second tape measure (same brand model) and compared that they read the same, not all will. I actually have several nice shop aprons but just haven't gotten used to the "feel" yet, probably because I always forget to put them on. Maybe I need to hang them on the shop door so when I enter it's in my face. That might work.........

Until then let me see if I can find that PVC.
 

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I also wear a Lee Valley shop apron, I tried another brand that was a very stiff fabric and uncomfortable, so I spent the $ on the Lee Valley one. It's comfortable and I keep 2 pencils, chalk, 6'' ruler, small 12" tape measure and my machinists square. I also like that it keeps my clothes relatively clean so I don't drag as much dirt in the house. I have an electric pencil sharpener on my counter. I have 5 or 6 25' measuring tapes that float around the shop near the obvious stationary tools.
 

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Take one pencil, add one magnet, wrap with masking tape and stick on the metal of the lathe/tablesaw/bandsaw/drill press. Most of my shirts don't have pockets.
 

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I bought a second tape measure (same brand model) and compared that they read the same, not all will.
Only two? I have one in the truck, one in the bathroom, one in the bedroom, two in the front room, think one or two in the shop, and sometimes one in my vest pocket and/or pants pocket. They are all for general measurement, always nice to be able to see what three or four feet actually looks like. I don't bother seeing if they match, just make sure all the measurements on a project are taken with the same tape measure or yardstick.
 

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Move to the head of the class..
pick your poison..
use it..
clip it to ya between uses...
I like to clip it to my T shirt collar w/ the pencil inside the shirt...

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I bought a really nice drafting pencil with break resistant fine lead. It lives on my fence and I've gotten pretty good at putting it back. But most of the time I like those orange HD pencils you buy in a tube. fine leads, hold a point pretty well and make a really black mark. The mechanical pencil is even finer for exact marking,

I'm a Sudoku addict, but for that I started using extra soft elementary school pencils that are near half an inch thick. They make a really nice mark I can still see even in low light. Useless for woodworking.

I have a couple of aprons but can never remember to put them on until I've decorated the front of my shirt with sawdust. But the shark guard has improved that situation.
 

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I used a flat carpenter pencil for so many years, that is what I use mostly. I have them stationed all over the shop with a 12' tape,the 1/2" wide from Ace Hardware, bedside every power tool. I have the 25' tapes in a drawer somewhere, never use them anymore.
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This is the combination of mechanical pencil and break resistent lead I use and like. You can break the lead, but only if you abuse it. Makes a very thin, very dark mark. It lives on my table saw fence and I've trained myself to put it back there every time. The HD pencils are very similar but you have to constantly sharpen them to get a fine line.

https://www.amazon.com/Pentel-Hi-Po...1-spons&keywords=Pentel+Hi-Polymer+lead&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/Pentel-Autom..._rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=BNJ2A5KGH4N4G51ZYGD4
 

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