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    How do you mark on dark wood?

    I suspect this is the boner dumb question of all time, but I'm working with walnut on this project and can't see the marks I make with regular pencil lead. Does anyone make white or red 0.5mm pencil lead? Any better ideas?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Are they cut marks? If so use an awl or some other type of marking tool, a nail sharpened to a very narrow point.

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    I don't think so, but if you find some please post a link. I searched in vain on the net for about 6 weeks as I wanted to use either white or yellow with the Incra rules. I came to the conclusion that it didn't exist and ended up just ordering some regular sized white and yellow lead pencils.

    Forgot to add: I'm sure there are plenty of places you could get the std white/yellow pencils from but I found decent prices and service here:
    http://www.misterart.com/
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    I've sometimes run a pencil along a scribed line in light wood to make it show up better. Perhaps on walnut you could try scribing, rubbing some chalk on and wiping away the excess. Haven't done it myself, but it might be worth a try.
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    I've had some success with walnut, scribing a line then filling the scribe mark with blue chalk dust.
    Cheers, Frank

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    I make the mark in the general desired area with white chalk, then use a marking knife to scribe the exact mark right thru the somewhat wide, white chalk mark. Shows up just fine. It is pretty much what Ian describes, just in a different and more expedient manner. Works for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Pellow View Post
    I've had some success with walnut, scribing a line then filling the scribe mark with blue chalk dust.
    I just tried this on some scrap walnut and took a picture:

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    Cheers, Frank

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    I use blue leaded pencils.

    Send me you address by pm and I'll send you some.

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    Dunno what all this "scribing" nonsense is about...I just use the white chalk by itself:
    it's not like I can measure or cut more accurately than that anyway.
    Where are we going? And what am I doing in this handbasket?

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    The knife mark on the chaulk line works well, also, I have a "White-Out" thing that is just like a ball point pen, used for correcting mistakes, but in this case I use it for marking dark wood.

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