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Forum topic by caboxmaker posted 02-27-2018 09:13 PM 1646 views 2 times favorited 50 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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caboxmaker

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02-27-2018 09:13 PM

After reading the thread talking about pencil sharpeners I started thinking about mechanical pencils and the benefit that they never need to be sharpened. The point is always the point. Never sharper nor never dull. I’ve used mechanical pencils ever since I started woodworking. How many of you folks go mechanical over standard lead pencil? Here are my two goto pencils. If I need something sharper than .5 or .9 I use a knife to mark lines.

BTW, the wood in the background is NOT alder.


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#1 posted 02-27-2018 09:20 PM

Kinda looks like alder though.
My mechanical pencils tend to evaporate…..no other plausible explanation for their total disappearance.

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#2 posted 02-27-2018 09:32 PM

It took me several years to go through a gross
of cheap mechanical pencils. I prefer them
too but I’ve been using regular pencils for
a few years now.

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#3 posted 02-27-2018 09:38 PM

Definitely a mechanical guy. As you said…always sharp. I started using mechanical pencils in college because I hated having to carry a bunch of #2s to class and have used them ever since. I used to have 6 or 7 of them laying around the shop but over time they’ve been lost or broken so it is time for another box of 12 Pentel Cometz for $12 from Amazon. Last box lasted 9 years! Cheap and functional. I find that 5 mm is too flimsy for most woodworking and 7mm is only used when I cannot find the go-to 9mm that I normally keep in my shirt pocket.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 02-27-2018 10:27 PM

I also keep a #9 in my shirt pocket. My 9MM is in my pants pocket. <grin>

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caboxmaker

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#5 posted 02-27-2018 10:34 PM



I also keep a #9 in my shirt pocket. My 9MM is in my pants pocket.

- Jim Finn


Grin?? So, you’ve got a pencil in your pants…

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#6 posted 02-27-2018 10:42 PM

I was late to the party but finally starting doing the mechanical pencil thing a few years ago. It changed my woodworking for ever.

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#7 posted 02-27-2018 11:40 PM

I studied as an Architect. I always used ”Staedtler Mars-Lumograph” Mechanical Drafting Pencils.
They are somewhat larger and stronger than your Standard Mechanical Pencils. (59 Years Later I’m still using the same Pencils and about a Million Leads.) ..lol..

They also supply EVERY Hardness of Lead that you would ever want, from “HB” (& Down, Soft) to about “6/8H” (Very Hard) in a plastic tube. 2H is ideal for General work.

You can change Leads in about 20 Seconds. You might have to go to a Drafting Supply Store to get them. It’s Worth It!

Thought I had a Pic on here but no luck. I’ll see if I can find one.

GOOGLE Found them for me. ...LOL…

Regards: Rick

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#8 posted 02-28-2018 12:13 AM

I use both depending on what task I am doing. Mechanical pencils seem to break their lead real easy when drawing a line but I like them for more precise marks.
I can’t ever seem to cut right to the line anyway so not sure why I even bother! :)

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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#9 posted 02-28-2018 12:32 AM



I use both depending on what task I am doing. Mechanical pencils seem to break their lead real easy when drawing a line but I like them for more precise marks.
I can t ever seem to cut right to the line anyway so not sure why I even bother! :)

- fivecodys

” Mechanical pencils seem to break their lead real easy.” Have you tried a Larger (2 mm.) and a Harder Lead,
say 2H or up to 4H?

Rick

-- Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!

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caboxmaker

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#10 posted 02-28-2018 01:30 AM

Regards: Rick

- Rick

Rick, is this a tutorial on how to put lead in your pencil?

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#11 posted 02-28-2018 02:05 AM

I use mechanical pencils exactly like the one shown above as I spent a few years in architectural design.
And, my wife always tells me to ”get the lead out!”

I also have one of these (not my photo)!

A.W. FABER-CASTELL LOCKTITE 9600 0.45×2.4MM FLAT DRAFTING PENCIL

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Rick S.

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#12 posted 02-28-2018 02:34 AM


Rick, is this a tutorial on how to put lead in your pencil?

- caboxmaker

NAH! Staples didn’t have the proper Lead!

-- Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!

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Rick S.

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#13 posted 02-28-2018 02:40 AM


I use mechanical pencils exactly like the one shown above as I spent a few years in architectural design.
And, my wife always tells me to ”get the lead out!”

I also have one of these (not my photo)!

A.W. FABER-CASTELL LOCKTITE 9600 0.45×2.4MM FLAT DRAFTING PENCIL

- oldnovice

I REALLY Don’t want to ask this —————But————What is that WHITE Stuff coming out of the end where the LEAD should be? (Now I’n Gonna Be In Trouble!)

Now I see why “oldnovice” said ”I also have one of these (not my photo)!” and I Fell For It!

Not Little Ricky’s Picture!

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#14 posted 02-28-2018 03:06 AM

I have a box of carpenter’s pencils that my youngest son bought me for xmas many years ago. Before that, I had bought the Staedtler’s 2mm mechanical pencil for gross marking. Depending on what I am cutting, I usually use a steel scale graduated in 1/64th inch increments. There, I mark the line with whatever, and cut at one edge of the mark. Easier to see by contrast than a score line with a marking knife…unless it is black pencil on ebony. ;)

I have big enough mitts that I have to use a .7 mm pencil at the least, because the .5 mm lead just breaks off.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#15 posted 02-28-2018 03:25 AM

I use a Pilot .5 only with Incra rules because it is what fits in them, for absolutely everything else I just canĀ“t let go a good quality wooden pencil, there is just something about them, I do run through one every week, have to keep it sharp as a needle…....maybe helps with deadline anxiety…pencils anybody?

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