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10-22-2020 02:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: marking tools question

What is your favorite mechanical pencil for woodworking?

-- Bob, FL Keys


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#1 posted 10-22-2020 02:52 PM

.5 mm, fits in my Incra marking gauge.

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#2 posted 10-22-2020 03:09 PM

STAEDTLER and a fine point sharpener.

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#3 posted 10-22-2020 03:18 PM

These Pentel pencils are awesome, when you click the clip, the entire tip retracts with the lead, hit it again and the lead is back exactly where you left it. I would always wind up putting other ones into a pocket or the apron and break the lead off, not anymore with this one.. I found it because Stumpy Nubs Recommended it

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#4 posted 10-22-2020 03:21 PM

Personally I use Pentel P205’s

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#5 posted 10-22-2020 03:33 PM

I have a few different brands of .7mm mechanicals. Probably 8 in total, and I an rarely ever find one when I want it.

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#6 posted 10-22-2020 03:38 PM

I really like these GraphGear pencils Chris Schwarz uses. The better ones have the retracting tip, which help from damage in the shop. Chris is right about using the thinner ones for “highlighting” knife lines and the thicker ones for general layout. Works much better than trying to use one size fits all. Read the full blog article here:

https://blog.lostartpress.com/2019/07/05/the-pentel-graphgear-1000-mechanical-pencil/amp/

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#7 posted 10-22-2020 04:06 PM

Derek Cohen, an Aussie woodworker, mentioned these and they have become my favorite. The Zebra Delgaurd .5MM.

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#8 posted 10-22-2020 04:30 PM

I like my old drafting pencil
and while it has a sharpener in the button, I found I better sharpener here

I’ve seen these Pica mechanical pencils on various YouTube channels and have wondered about them but haven’t tried them.

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#9 posted 10-22-2020 04:35 PM

The ones in the box…

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#10 posted 10-22-2020 04:38 PM

For woodworking I use the Woodpeckers Heavy Duty. I like the twist feed design vs. the click feed.

For drafting or drawing, use the Pentel Twist-Erase III. I use the .5 or .7, I can’t remember.

Generally, I grab a No.2 since I have dozens of them all over the place.

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#11 posted 10-22-2020 05:05 PM

I use whatever the local dollar store has for mechanical pencils. Usually you can find 2 to 10 for a buck.

I’m kind of liking the the Paper-Mate 1.3mm mechanical pencils that looks like regular pencils. The lead doesn’t break if you look at it wrong. And for some reason I find they never seem to get lost or walk away. I guess no one wants to swipe an inexpensive pencil or it might be there probably a dozen to two lying around. Not the greatest for fine marking, but I never seem to cut on the line anyway.

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#12 posted 10-22-2020 06:06 PM

ive always liked the rockler cabinet makers pencil but if you drop it forget it,the plastic mechanism breaks and it’s toast so ive stopped buying those and just stick with a plain old wood pencil i sharpen.

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#13 posted 10-22-2020 08:00 PM

I use .5, .7 and .9 mm mechanical pencils. Never have to sharpen them.

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#14 posted 10-22-2020 11:34 PM

For rough stuff, I have a Staedtler 2mm job, and for finer work I have a Graph Gear .7mm. Anything thinner than that doesn’t work in my shop. Back when I did paper drawings I even had a .3mm pencil. I dropped my last one onto the floor in the dining area at my last house, and it stuck in the wood. I didn’t look really hard, but I haven’t found another. Of course, I use CAD now, so no point in buying one.

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#15 posted 10-23-2020 01:27 AM



I really like these GraphGear pencils Chris Schwarz uses. The better ones have the retracting tip, which help from damage in the shop. Chris is right about using the thinner ones for “highlighting” knife lines and the thicker ones for general layout. Works much better than trying to use one size fits all. Read the full blog article here:

https://blog.lostartpress.com/2019/07/05/the-pentel-graphgear-1000-mechanical-pencil/amp/

- SMP

I use these almost exclusively now. I use the .9 mm for general layout work and the .5 mm for fine layout of highlighting marking knife/gauge lines as you mentioned.

I buy them in packs of three and try to put them everywhere I can imagine I might ever look for a pencil. I still sometimes come up empty handed though.

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