Super Easy Way to Erase Pencil Lines on Wood

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Blog entry by stefang posted 03-23-2012 04:48 PM 9938 reads 3 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I read this advice somewhere on the net and I wanted to share it with you. I should have noted who the advice came from, but unfortunately I didn’t.

You can erase pencil lines on wood by just giving them a wipe with denatured alcohol. You don’t have to scrub it or even rub hard. It comes right off, like a small miracle.

I am really thrilled with this. I hope you will be too. No more erasing or sanding off pencil lines, hooray!

Have a great weekend,


-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 03-23-2012 04:53 PM

I will try this in a few minutes. I use a white erasure but this does not always work. Thanks.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 04:56 PM

Thanks Stefang, good tip.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 05:04 PM

good tip mike

and i just happen to have a can

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 03-23-2012 05:05 PM

excellent tip!! now i can finally have a pencil with some eraser still left on it.

-- Something, something, something.

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#5 posted 03-23-2012 05:08 PM

Thanks Mike. I read that awhile back and never did think to share. Kind of neat to watch the lines disappear with a few wipes instead of the ridiculous amount of sanding I used to do. I used to be very conservative with lines. Now, I just draw out whole diagrams without fear :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 03-23-2012 05:11 PM

gosh mike i thought this was common knowledge , ive known this for some time and just thought everyone else did, yea its a wonderful thing…sure am glad you brought it up, its a big piece of info that will help so many, that ole pencil line in a hard to get to spot, gone with a simple wipe, i use cotton balls and also q tips…the q tips work really well, just dip it in the bottle and a simple wipe and there gone…..thanks…grizz

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#7 posted 03-23-2012 05:39 PM

I do hope you guys out there with good tips will not just assume that everybody else knows about them already. Please share them with us.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 03-23-2012 06:00 PM

I think rubbing alcohol works even better. Please correct me if you test it and I’m false in this.

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#9 posted 03-23-2012 06:04 PM

Thanks Ratchet, but I have a two quart bottle of denatured alcohol, but a good tip for those with a supply of rubbing alcohol if it works. I can’t imagine that it could work better though. The pencil lines just disappear with a single swipe. I might try just the fumes next time, lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 03-23-2012 06:44 PM

Am I right in thinking that denatured alcohol is called methylated spirit this side of the pond?

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#11 posted 03-23-2012 06:45 PM

Now you tell me, about a week too late.
I’ll try it on the windows I’m about to make.

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#12 posted 03-23-2012 07:36 PM

Great tip Mike

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#13 posted 03-23-2012 07:37 PM

Brit Here in Norway we call it (translated) ‘Red Spirit’ They probably add color to identify for eager drinkers. It does indicate on the label that it is Ethanol alcohol with (unspecified) denaturing ingredients added.

It has a lot of uses, including dissolving glues, good for cleanup before painting or lacquering (I use it a lot for that) Fuel for camping stoves that are designed for it and few other things that don’t come to mind just now. A container for it will probably show it’s various uses.

It is ‘denatured’ aka poisoned to prevent people from drinking it.

Gavin Sorry mate, I just tried it for the first time today myself.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 03-23-2012 08:03 PM

Brit, yes Denatured Alcohol is Methylated Spirit

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 03-23-2012 08:15 PM

I LOVE listening to you British guys talk :-)

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