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Forum topic by MrRon posted 08-13-2012 05:28 PM 1042 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2012 05:28 PM

Does anyone have problems when marking wood with a knife? I find when I mark wood with a knife or marking gauge, that the scribed lines are hard to see, especially those parallel to the grain and dark woods. Are there any tips you know of? I do some metalworking and I can use a layout fluid which makes the scribed lines stand out. Is there anything similar for wood?

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#1 posted 08-13-2012 05:38 PM

I’ve just used a mechanical pencil and run it along my knife line…definitely made it easier for me to see, especially in my poorly lit shop.

-- Jason K

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#2 posted 08-13-2012 05:39 PM

It depends on the wood for me sometimes. Sometimes if I can’t get a good visible line I’ll do as Jason does, and run my mechanical pencil in the groove left by the marking gauge or knife

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 08-13-2012 05:41 PM

I guess the wood color would make a difference, but being such a novice I’m scared to use any wood other than the cheap stuff…darkest thing I’ve marked was pine with a bloodstain on it (long story).

-- Jason K

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#4 posted 08-13-2012 05:43 PM

Well, if you’re having trouble seeing it, you could lay down some chalk on the surface first and that may help it stand out some. If it doesn’t affect the surface too much, there are white grease pencils as well… though that is a judgement call on how you want to handle that area after the cut… I’m sure it sands out just fine..

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#5 posted 08-13-2012 05:46 PM

I’m flooding your thread with worthless information, Mr. Ron…sorry!

I just remembered that I saw my dad use soapstone once to hilight a knife line in some very dark wood…

-- Jason K

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#6 posted 08-13-2012 05:52 PM

I only use a knife when thats the last resort, otherwise i use a pencil

that said, put a piece of masking tape along the wood to be scribed

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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