|Review by DeLayne Peck||posted 02-06-2014 04:37 PM||3111 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
What is it? Ordinary old sticks of school chalk. I use it constantly all over my shop and on project-after-project. Chalk cuts down the chaos, bungling, confusion, memory lapses, searching, waste and mistakes that haunt every shop. My shop for sure.
Here are some of my routine uses: Noting the arrival dates of lumber for drying and acclimation. Planning and marking the intended use of and dimensions of new lumber. Laying out initial cuts and dimensions on sheet goods. Noting dimensions. Doing math and making notes right on my bench top. Noting the species and dimensions of valuable scrap and cut offs. Marking mated edges. Noting grain and feed direction. Locating and circling flaws. Finding the low spots on planed or jointed surfaces. Marking the “the rub.” Marking jointed edges. Labeling templates, reference pieces, and story sticks. Identifying completed parts for assembly. Making the best side, left, right, front, back, top, bottom indications. Marking up the assembly order.
Greatest strength: Rubs off easily. Weakness: Rubs off easily.
Also pictured: A handy chalk holder commonly used by teachers to prevent breakage.
Have other uses? Please chalk them up in the comments.
-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.