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Posted on Wooden Pencil, Mechanical Pencil or Marking knife?

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 06:25 AM

In the days when I did technical drawings using pencil and paper, I learned that you have to use wooden and mechanical pencils differently. You always push a mechanical pencil (otherwise the lead breaks) but always pull a wooden pencil. With wooden pencils you should also simutaneously rotate the pencil to prevent a flat spot from developing at the point which then results in a thicker line. I still use these techniques today even with wood.

When using a marking knife on light wood, take a pencil and draw in the line after cutting so that you can see it. You could probably do the same on darker wood if you used a white colouring pencil. Remember that cutting lines is often useful for locating either tools or an edge of the wood so the point of cutting lines is to be able to feel the lines rather than see them.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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