Dovetail layout on dark wood
I am building drawers with QSWO and my marks on the endgrain are very hard to see since it’s pencil on dark wood. Is there something that I can “paint” on the endgrain that won’t be absorbed and is easily removed after cutting is complete?
I would use blue painters' tape. I would use a marking knife instead of a pencil. Peel off the tape on the waste side leaving the part you want (whether tails or pins). The tape then acts like a small shoulder for your saw to start cutting. Another way is to use a white or other visible color pencil from an office supply store like Steve Latta uses.
You can try white lead pencils. I use these when laying out lines on walnut.
White or yellow pencil. You can find mechanical pencils in different colors.
I use white Prismacolor pencils on dark wood but only for rough layout. For cutting dovetails, or anything else requiring accuracy, blue painters’ tape is the way to go.
I have read that these work well. I have no first hand experience.
I will go with blue tape since of course that’s what I own already but love the other ideas too. Thanks!
Here's the link to Mike Pekovich's article on the blue tape trick.
Use a fine marking awl, then go over the lines with a piece of chalkboard chalk, dust off with your bench brush. The chalk will stay behind in the lines.
It will disappear when you split the lines with your saw, and then on glue up and finishing.