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Forum topic by okwoodshop posted 09-18-2009 05:06 AM 3954 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2009 05:06 AM

where can i get a pencil that marks well on dark woods like walnut? I have tried crayola, and quilting pencils,

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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 09-18-2009 05:22 AM

For doing rough layouts I use white chalk sticks. Buy a box or two or three and keep them in the shop. They are also great for marking the ends of boards while sizing and running through the jointer and planer.

For fine marking I use a marking knife or very sharp hard pencil. The marking knife is better.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 09-18-2009 05:22 AM

You could always use a marking knife if a light colored pencil doesn’t work out well.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#3 posted 09-18-2009 06:23 AM

I’ve had some red pencils and they were wax based and very fragile and it left a waxy feel to the wood.You might be able to pick op some light colored pencils at a scool supply for not much. Walmart had them very cheap.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 09-18-2009 06:26 AM

You can actually get a white pencil at art supply shops that mark on dark wood great, and they sharpen fairly well to a point.

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#5 posted 09-18-2009 07:46 AM

They also sell white pencils in fabric stores or you can put tape on the walnut and put you lines on that.

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#6 posted 09-18-2009 06:36 PM

Dick Blick art supply and they are on line. ..

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 09-19-2009 05:20 AM

Concur with a1Jim. Fabric stores sell pencils for marking on dark fabrics. I use white and silver. The silver keeps a better point.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#8 posted 09-21-2009 05:02 PM

ok, i went to the art supply store a n found this white charcoal pencil, it works great, sharpens easily it is a little soft but you dont have to bear down to make a mark i tried it on walnut and cedar an white oak, i like it better then a regular pencil might not work on maple or poplar to well. thanks to everyone

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#9 posted 10-02-2009 12:29 AM

I use some of the kids sidewalk chalk ( we seem to have an enormous amount around :-). I’ve used the welder’s chalk as well, that you can sharpen to a nice edge as well and it seems to last well….doesn’t work so good on the sidewalk though LOL.

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#10 posted 10-02-2009 01:20 AM

Just pick up a pack of colored pencils. Should be several colors that would work well

-- Scott, South Carolina

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