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Marking Dark Wood


I often use dark, exotic wood for turning pens. It's difficult to see center marks on these species, so I pain the ends of my pen blanks with liquid paper. After it dries in a few seconds, I can easily mark the center with a pencil.

--John Woods

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ike wrote re: Marking Dark Wood
on 04-05-2009 9:40 AM

you can also use painters tape the or a piece of chalk or white colored pencil.

mrkool73 wrote re: Marking Dark Wood
on 10-23-2010 4:30 PM

I use the White Pencils. If you keep them sharp then you are all set. Liquid paper is a pain the way you are doing it. The pencils do not cost you and arm and a leg.

Let me know how it works for you.

Ted Begin

491 Kennard Road

Manchester, New Hampshire

shaf_12200 wrote re: Marking Dark Wood
on 10-31-2010 6:10 AM

i would use a strait edge and a razor blade to mark the center