Tip: Making Fine Layout Lines Clearly Visible

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Blog entry by DeLayne Peck posted 06-19-2015 05:19 AM 940 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For precision I like to use a pencil with a fine tip to mark cuts lines. When working with dark colored wood and some grain patterns, not to mention aging eyes, I frequently lose the mark. So it’s back to the bench to measure again and find my mark.

I’ve found that a dash of white chalk solves the problem. Chalk the line first, pencil your cut line on top. It also puts an end to all the one piece at a time “Run and Cut It.” Now I sit at my bench, concentrate on groups of project parts, and go cut the pile.

Or, go back the house, take a nap, and cut it tomorrow!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#1 posted 06-19-2015 02:50 PM

I vote for the nap. LOL!

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#2 posted 06-19-2015 02:55 PM

I’ve used white colored pencil before too

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 06-19-2015 11:39 PM

I guess you can chalk this up to a tip based on experience!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 06-21-2015 12:22 PM

Good tips DeLayne. Another variation of your method for those who like using a marking knife, chalk can be rubbed into the cut. This yields a very thin, but clearly defined line on dark woods.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 06-22-2015 11:59 AM

Ahh yes. The case of the disappearing cut line. Good solution

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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