Just brought in my latest woodworking project. (Still smells like some of
the alcohol in the shellac is evaporating.) Before taking it apart to
finish it, I marked some parts and not others. As a result, some of the
parts are fitting nicely and others aren't.
So when building something be sure to mark everything before you take it
On Dec 6, 9:15 pm, Puckdropper <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote:
As I am finishing an entertainment center, I know what you mean. All
of the drawer trim, shelf trim, and top trim is in a different finish.
The last I counted, it was at 92 pieces and most are cut to fit. Not
fun when you forgot to mark any of the shelf trim. I think it would be
faster to just redo it.
I actually still use a pencil. The drawer trim I could mark on the
underside with a drawer number and location and the top trim I could
mark the location on the underside as well. The shelf trim is seen on
three sides and I was going to mark it on the back with a shelf number
and location, but my memory faded and I gathered everything up and put
it away. Then I went "Doh". I spent today getting at least 2 of the 5
shelves sorted out. It took me less time to cut them all out the first
time around......Oh well
Blackboard chalk would seem to wash off quite easily, not good if you
want to keep the marks after finishing. Incidentally, ink pen ink and
permanent marker also washes off easily with certain finishes.
Good ol' pencil is a cheap & effective way to go.
Precisely why I use chalk.
Good for temporary marks such as witness marks for glue-ups or
assemblies, marking the side of a board you do not want to plane,
Permanent marking is a whole different ball of wax.
"Puckdropper" <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote in message
One of the things I indulged myself with, when I had a shop, was
an electric pencil sharpener and a box containing a gross of #2
pencils from Office Depot. Here in the desert, my little
workbench still sports an electric pencil sharpener and I have a
drawer with pencils and unlined paper as well.
On Wed, 9 Dec 2009 11:47:53 -0800, the infamous "Nonny"
I'm an old-school Neander with a manual pencil sharpener mounted on
the wall inside the shop door.
And I learned early never to buy a gross of pencils. Erasers become
calcified and petrify before the -first- dozen is used up, so I get a
box every year at the back-to-school price of five cents.
To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson
I was reading a bout a better grade pencil that touted that it had genuine
natural rubber for the eraser IIRC.
Is there a difference in longetivity that you know of?
I recall using a white plastic eraser while I was taking drafting classes.
Quality pencils don't have erasers, that's why electric or even manual
Your choice of eraser material including pink pearl, white plastic or
Available from any decent drafting supply house.
Add an erasing shield and you are good to go.
Staples and Office Depot have some basics. The craft stores (Michael's for
example) have more. Real art supply places (Dick Blick for example) have a
fair selection. The blueprint places these days are iffy--many of them have
gone in so heavily for supporting electronic drafting that they are
neglecting board drafting, but call around. If all else fails
http://www.draftingsuppliesdew.com/ should have what you want and they're
Artists use computers for some purposes but Corel Painter is still a poor
substitute for oils and canvas.
Ever got to play with Kai Krauss's Painter? Has a selection of virtual
brushes of real world painter's brushes - sable, fan, oil, watercolor,
stencil even pinstriping brush which behave very much like the real
thing once you get the hang of it. AND you can do things with virtual
mediums which you CAN NOT do with real world mediums - like combining
the characteristics of water color and oil paint. Combine the many
features of this app with the fact that you can save things along the
way and UNDO mistakes - and there's much to be said for working with
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