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How you draw lines on dark wood like wengue?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by octaedro7, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. Graphite pencils are not really helpful.
    What do you use on these kind of woods?

    Appreciated !
  2. marijn van gils

    marijn van gils

    Jan 23, 2002
    Euh, white color pencil? (wit kleurpotlood)
  3. Awesome Sauce

    Awesome Sauce Already tired tomorrow

    Dec 21, 2011
    NW Chicago 'burbs
    A white coloured pencil will work just fine. :)
  4. I use masking tape Gonzalo (I actually just cut out the Wenge headstock veneer like that), works for me. I put the tape on the Wenge, use a regular pencil over the tape and cut through the tape with a knife. Not sure if you are talking about veneer.. but could be useful anyway.
  5. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    Regular pencil will work fine, you just need to have your light at the right angle. :)
    But I have also used the white pencil too.
  6. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    I use white and neon green colored pencils, white pastel pencils or Masking tape when I want to control edge splintering.
  7. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Manitowoc WI
    Get yourself a silver led pencile
  8. Great guys, thanks all.
    I know that graphite has a reflection that when viewed at an angle makes the line visible on dark backgrounds but can be a bit annoying sometimes.
    Yeah, I thought of those colored pencils but... -this is going to sound cheap- I´m so, so, so beyond my build budget that I was hoping to stop buying stuff, even pencils. You know, it´s sort of a self imposition that I´m trying to fulfill.
    Masking tape is indeed a good solution (you know what I mean with exceeded budgets, don´t you Rob? :D)
    Again thank you all guys!
  9. Well, tape isn't for free either ;).. but it also has the advantage of preventing edge splintering, like Musiclogic said.
  10. gitlvr


    Nov 13, 2009
    No. Va., USA
    Yeah, i just use a regular lead pencil with a good, strong light source. Works for me.

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