Carpenter’s Pencil Tip

Household DIY Tips
on January 13, 2013
Carpenter's pencil

Most handymen use utility knives or pocketknives to put points on carpenter pencils. They whittle away the wood to expose a blunt stub of lead, which produces a sturdy marker but not one
capable of producing a fine line. Club member and woodworker Jerry Whitfield of Bowling Green, Ohio, has a better way. He makes four passes, one for each edge, with a sharp chisel. This not only puts a clean bevel on the wood but also pares the lead itself to a perfect wedge. The chisel must be sharp for this technique to work.