Having done a number of dovetails by hand, I felt that I am getting better
with each attempt. Now, I am working on a small (2-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 2") box,
and I had a leftover piece of Walnut that had enough material for the job.
My problem is: seeing the lines that I mark to make the saw cuts and chisel
trim down to markings. I have made marking knife cuts, .5mm pencil marks,
and combinations of the two. I have squinted by overhead flourescent
lighting, propped up a portable flourecent fixture in precarious positions
The work that I have completed is not up to the standard that I would be
proud of, and I attribute this to the difficulty in seeing where I am at.
Is there some marking method for dark colored woods that I have overlooked?
Please don't suggest chalk, as that is wider than some of the pins. ;-)
Sharpie puts out "Metallic" fine point permanent marker. . .silver in color.
I use it around the shop for marking dark materials like the inside of
sanding cylinders. It is permanent so be careful to mark just the cut side.
It might be worth a try.
Check your local art supply store or teacher's center. Look for white or
yellow colored pencils. Or just swipe them from the kid's collection
when they're not looking.
I've also used garment marking chalk- super fine edge, but waxy.
For dark wood, use a marking knife, then run a white pencil over the scribed
line - just the opposite of light wood, where you can use a regular pencil to
highlight the knife line.
White or yellow colored pencils, crayons, or china markers, OVER the
marking knives' mark. The knife provides the precision, the white or
yellow provides the visibility.
I frequently use lumber crayons to denote faces, top/bottom, jointer
or planer feed direction, even on light woods.
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