ON one of the most recent conversations here regarding units of measure that could, should,and can be used to construct things from wood, I would like to point out that regardless of what measure you use your no better than the mark you make transferring information from your rulers to your project.
Some folks use scribing knives for very accurate lines but I have found that often removing the scribe lines can be problematic.
I think most of us use a pencil one form or another plot around depending on the project.
I’ve been having quite a time with the pencils in my shop for the last two or three months and decided last week to buy higher-quality pencil sharpener to help me get a finer point for marking.
When I set it up to use it and grabbed a few pencils out my drawer i was surprised to find that many of the pencils I was having trouble with were made up some wood other than cedar and that the lead was not centered in the body of the pencils.
Here’s a picture of what I mean:
Those rough furry pencils with the offset leads are from China.
The yellow one was purchased from a legitimate office supply store and the white one purchased from a dollar store.
The dark green one was purchased from Lee tools and is made in the United States.
The Lee Valley pencil will take a nice sharp point dead center in the wood stock and maintain it for several markings without incident.
The yellow pencil is virtually useless as any side pressure on the lead snaps it right off. In addition, you need to take a knife and cut back the wood on the side of the lead before you can use it. As my time is limited in the shop my preferences to purchase better quality with fewer problems.
What do you folks use for pencils and why?
-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner