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08-09-2015 02:07 PM

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I’ve got a project coming up where I’ll be using a lot of walnut. I’ve used regular graphite pencils and gel pens, neither of which I am happy with and I read somewhere that welding pencils are the best. What is the Forum’s (Fora’s?) opinions on what is the best marker for walnut and other dark woods?

Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 08-09-2015 02:11 PM

I use a white charcoal pencil from an art supply place. Works pretty well. I bought a two pack 3 or 4 years ago and still have about 2/3 of one left.

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#2 posted 08-09-2015 02:30 PM

I’ve purchased white marking pencils in inexpensive sets at wall mart and individually from an art supply store.

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#3 posted 08-09-2015 02:40 PM

Arent there white fabric marking pencils for sewing that would work? I remember my mother marking dark blue denim with one.

Update

I like using a 0.9mm mechanical pencil that I got at Staples because the lead is thick enough to not break easy but still makes a smaller line that a regular pencil.

http://www.staples.com/Paper-Mate-Clear-Point-Mechanical-Pencil-HB-Soft-0-9-mm-Dia-Black-Barrel-2-Set/product_PAP1759214

I found these white leads for it.

http://www.joann.com/fons-and-porter-light-mechanical-pencil-refill/8666786.html#start=17

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#4 posted 08-09-2015 03:08 PM

I prefer white wax, it stays on the wood until your ready to sand it off.

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#5 posted 08-09-2015 03:37 PM

I use yellow glass marking pencils.
The yellow lead sharpens to a point, although it is very soft, but you can get a nice line with it.
Works well.

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#6 posted 08-09-2015 05:46 PM

Had this question myself. I’ll be checking out walmart.

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#8 posted 08-09-2015 07:04 PM

FatBoy from FastCap. Can get white chalk refills.

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#9 posted 08-09-2015 07:47 PM

I use yellow and white colored pencils of the crayola variety

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#10 posted 08-09-2015 08:54 PM

Thanks, all. I went to WalMart and got a white pencil in the sewing department and it works fine. Appreciate the common sense approach.

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