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.
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Updated Feb. 13, 2013 @ 12:09 pm
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