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How does everyone else do their parts organization? Especially when talking about large numbers of parts. I've got an entertainment center that I'm building that will have around 20 part sizes, with multiples of each part.

In the past I've used a pencil to mark it, but over the course of working it, that can go away. And given that I use walnut a lot, it's difficult to see sometimes. My initial thoughts are to use masking tape with a sharpie on the show face, and a few pieces to mark the forward edge and the top edge/side. Given that some of the pieces are close to square, but one side is slightly longer, I figured marking the sides would prevent confusion from machining the wrong side. Probably use letters to distinguish each part rather than number. My thoughts with the tape is that I can take the tape off if needed, and put it back on after machining that side.

Any other better ways that I'm missing? I know everyone tends to have their own way of organizing things and keeping them in order.
 

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As far as keeping things in order for myself while I'm in the middle of making something (especially when dealing with large numbers of similar parts) I like to put parts on shelves. Performing all of a specific machining task on each stack of similar (or identical) parts before moving onto the next stack or next machine helps to make the process flow more efficiently and gives me good stopping points that can be resumed quickly.
 

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83 door and drawer panel custom kitchen, we used numbers and letters on the stiles, rails and panels
where they would not show, throw in the middle stiles on large panels and it got very interesting. It
did however get finished. Used a 1/4" letter/number stamp set to put make the imprint then filled in
with fine lead mechanical pencil.
 

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I'm with waho The colored pencils won't scratch wood like lead does. Wipes off with mineral spirits. If your using oil base stain, it will take it off. Tape left on for a long time, may leave glue residue from the tape, especially if it gets damp.
 

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I used the good 3m masking tape when doing my cabinet build, and make sure to mark the up direction and the show face. I didn't like the tape technique much, because you had to constantly take it off and put it back. I think pencil on end grain might be best.
 

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Blue painters tape. It releases well and most of the time doesn't leave residue. But, if you leave it on for a real long time sometimes it doesn't want to release cleanly. I also mark my parts on the end grain with numbers in chalk, but that can wipe off if used on the flat or the edge of a piece of stock. That's why I mark on the ends.
 

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On my cut list I label each piece A, B, C…. Then I mark up the wood with the letters and lines roughly showing the cut lines with chalk. If white chalk won't show, I use crayons. Then after dimensioning I switch to painters tape and sharpie. Cabinet maker's triangle for orientation.
 

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I always use masking tape for marking and once I have to remove the tape, I mark the tenons, ends whatever it might be, which won't show. I just make sure that when I mark multiples of parts I always mark on the same side, wether it is with tape or on tenons - e.g. I only mark in the top inside facing edges or so forth.

This is how I did it when I was doing the crib for example:

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