White pencil is often recommended for use when laying out parts in walnut. I don’t like the white pencils I have tried. They are too soft and waxy making them draw heavy lines and the lines are hard to remove. Bob Vandyke, the director of the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, suggested using red pencil instead. So far I like it much better than the white pencils I have tried. If you are not happy with the white pencils you might want to give the red pencils a try. They are easy to see, hold a point better than the white and are easy to remove.
Keep Your Layout Pencils Sharp
This is an old draftsman’s tool used in the days when part drawings were done by hand. The PC days……………..as in Pre Computer! In fact this type of pencil pointer was sold wherever draftsman’s tools were sold. It is easy to make one. I used some old garnet paper and affixed it to a piece of scrap cherry with spray contact adhesive. Go lightly with the contact adhesive and spray only the paper. This way the paper will be easy to remove and replace when it is worn.
I like to sharpen my pencils to a chisel point. This allows the pencil to draw a line much closer to a straight edge.
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