Shop Tip: Marking Dark Wood

Marking Dark Wood

The shaving rack project brought home to me the difficulty of working with dark woods such as the ebony featured in this project.  Regular pencil lines are practically invisible, and even scribed lines fade into the background without proper lighting.  One thing that can often help is colored pencils.  They are available at any office or art supply store, and come in a range of colors.  White is the most useful choice on nearly back woods such as ebony, but other colors such as bright orange or blue can be helpful on other species.  While they often mark poorly on very smooth woods due to their high wax content, the leave a very visible line on surfaces that are still a bit rough.  In addition, they are wonderful for highlighting the kerf left by a marking knife or gauge.  Grab a couple and give them a try!


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