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Forum topic by cowboyup3371 posted 07-15-2019 12:25 AM 405 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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cowboyup3371

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07-15-2019 12:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: woodburning carving

I don’t think I messed up but could someone help put my mind at ease? I choose to burn the letters into this piece of oak before I did the carving around the block to ensure I had everything set correctly. However, obviously now I need to get rid of my pencil marks which means one last sanding effort before I stain this. If I stick to hand sanding and only use 150-grit or 180-grit, will the burn be adversely affected? Or should I plan on going over it again with my wood burning pen?

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bilyo

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#1 posted 07-15-2019 12:37 AM

Before you do anything, try one of these to remove the pencil marks.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 07-15-2019 05:02 AM

Just get you a plan old pink eraser and go to town on them pencil marks…..!! Should do the trick w/o sanding..!

-- " The secret to staying young looking.....hang around old people.." R.D.

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#3 posted 07-15-2019 09:43 AM

Depends how deep the burning is. If it’s a fairly deep burn then a light sanding will actually crisp up the edges but if it’s only surface burning then it does risk muddying the burn and losing definition or

Definitely try an eraser, but if that doesn’t work then sand using the highest grit you can get away with while still removing the pencil and keep the burning pen on hand just in case you want to lightly redefine the burn.

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cowboyup3371

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#4 posted 07-15-2019 12:10 PM

Thank you all, the eraser did the trick. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that first except that I know I still have my final sanding to do on some of that piece so that’s where my mind was focusing. But it’s good now and I just need to finish it later tonight

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#5 posted 07-15-2019 01:51 PM

Alcohol also works well for getting rid of pencil marks. I would give the hole thing a quick wipe with alcohol before finishing. Gets rid of any sanding dust and will clean up any eraser residue.

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