Marking gauges, markers, pencils, & their storage


A marking gauge is used in woodworking to make precise and accurate measurements and markings on wood. It consists of a beam, a marking wheel or cutter, and a locking mechanism to hold the setting in place.

Marking gauge use…

  1. Set the distance between the marking wheel or cutter and the beam to the desired width by loosening the locking mechanism and sliding the marking wheel along the beam.
  2. Place the marking gauge on the piece of wood to be marked, with the marking wheel or cutter resting against the edge of the wood.
  3. Hold the marking gauge firmly against the wood and slide it along the edge, pressing down slightly on the marking wheel or cutter to create a groove or line in the wood.
  4. Repeat the process as needed to make additional markings or measurements.

Markers, on the other hand, are used to make visible markings on wood, such as lines or shapes, that can be followed during the cutting or shaping process.

Marker use..

  1. Choose a marker that is suitable for use on wood, such as a pencil, blade marker or awl
  2. Make sure the marker blade or pencil is sharp.
  3. Hold the marker firmly and make the desired markings on the wood, being careful to follow the lines or shapes precisely.
  4. It is often a good idea to use a 0.5mm pencil to follow the blade marker groove and make it more obvious.

By using marking gauges and markers in woodworking, you can achieve precise and accurate measurements and markings.

Is a 2B pencil lead the best for notes and marking wood

A 2B pencil lead is a popular choice for note-taking and sketching because it is soft enough to provide a darker line, but not so soft that it smudges easily. A 2B pencil also marks timber well, particularly if the pencil follows a previously marked line.

Wood is a porous and fibrous material, and pencil lead can be easily absorbed and trapped within the grain of the wood, making it difficult to see or erase, if used on its own.

A marking knife, on the other hand, is a specialized tool that is used to score or cut a precise line into the surface of the wood. This can be particularly useful for marking out joinery or other intricate details that require a high degree of accuracy.

What is the best way to store woodworking pencils, leads, marking knife and compasses?

Proper storage of woodworking pencils, leads, marking knives, and compasses is important to ensure that they remain in good condition and are easily accessible when needed. Here are some tips on how to store these tools:

  1. Keep them in a dedicated tool bag or box: A tool bag or box designed specifically for woodworking tools is a great way to keep your pencils, leads, marking knives, and compasses organized and in one place. Look for a bag or box with multiple compartments and pockets to keep your tools separate and prevent them from rubbing against each other.
  2. Use protective caps or cases: Many pencils, leads, and compasses come with protective caps or cases that can help prevent damage to the tips or points. Make sure to use these whenever possible to keep your tools in good condition.
  3. Store them in a dry place: Moisture can damage wood and metal, so it’s important to store your tools in a dry place. Avoid storing them in damp basements or garages and instead keep them in a temperature-controlled environment.
  4. Keep them organized: Organizing your tools can help you find what you need quickly and easily. Use dividers or compartments within your tool bag or box to keep your pencils, leads, marking knives, and compasses separate and easy to find.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your woodworking pencils, leads, marking knives, and compasses remain in good condition and are easily accessible when you need them.

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