If you spend one-third of your time woodworking, one-third looking for tape measures and the other third searching for a pencil, here’s what to do about the pencil part. Cut 3-in. lengths of 1-1/2-in. PVC pipe and hot-glue them near every tool and work surface in your shop. Choose a spot where they’re out of the way. Stock them all with pencils and you’ll have a third more woodworking time. We’ll get to work on the tape measure part next.