Have you ever wondered why a carpenter's pencil is square and flat?  Well, I got to tell you this if you think it's because it just looks cool and rests perfectly behind your ear. There are some things that our carpenter's pencil can do that just might surprise you.  Today's video has to do with a carpenter's pencil and if you think that it's square so that rest you know perfectly behind the ear well you would be incorrect.

I want to show you a number of things that a carpenter's pencil can do. This just might surprise you now this may be a little obvious but a number two pencil will roll on your board a carpenter's pencil is flat so that when you're working on an incline it stays put.  Now here's the thing with a carpenter's pencil the dimensions it's deliberate it's not random it's actually well thought out because your pencil, believe it or not, can be used as a measuring device.

A carpenter's pencil measures across exactly a half of an inch and the thickness of a carpenter's pencil is a quarter of an inch so why does that matter?  Well here's the thing I'm working outside of building a deck and I want to space my planks a quarter inch apart I got to tell you these chances are I've got my carpenter's pencil right there it's the perfect spacer and so I'm able to space my planks quarter inch apart consistently with this pencil.  Here I have a number two pencil, okay and it can only be sharpened one way and that is to a point and a centered point so carpenter's pencil is different because there's only one way to sharpen a number two but a carpenter's pencil there's a few different ways and depending upon how you're going to use the pencil.

Kinda directs you on how to sharpen it now this pencil here has been sharpened to be used as a scribe tool that's right I said a scribe. I'm gonna set it down next to the number two and if you notice the number two the letters just straight ahead but with the scribe pencil cuz that's how I use this one the pencil lead is going a little bit off to the side. You can't do that with a number two you can only do that with a carpenter's pencil.  I got my carpenter's pencil sharpened to scribe now what I'm going to do is I'm going to take this board here and I'm gonna scribe this board to this box there's a gap down here that closes up toward the top so what I'm gonna do is I'm going to take my carpenters pencil and it's gonna ride this box but also scribe okay.

So there we go there's my scribe line right there now if you notice I've sharpened this carpenter's pencil a little different and it has a very blunt edge and once you see how blunt this edge is can you see that so let's say that I need to mark a brick, okay and I grab a number-two pencil I strike the line well what I will tell you is this pencil isn't designed to mark on stone or bridge or anything like that. Because well did you see what happened here I'm gonna strike online again it's already dull but I'm going to strike another one and already I don't have a lead okay now a carpenter's pencil, on the other hand, it's meant just for material like this. I can mark all day long ready look still got it. Mark it again still got mark it again still I still have a led there. I'm just marking a brick here and I can mark all day long on a brick and it's not going to chew the LAT away like on that number two.

I sharpen my pencil with a utility knife and do the flat side and I take off a nice chunk all right just like that and I do it again until I hit bled and I use my thumb all right now. I've got my let expose there and I'm just gonna you just want to sharpen it a little bit coz I want a nice sharp edge so we get a nice and sharp so what I want to get it to a point. I don't know once you see how sharp that point is now I'm going to mark something with this notice how I got a nice fine line there it's no different than. If I were to use a number two pencil watch now this number two pencil is a little darker but this line is much more narrow so yeah it's a nice beefy lead but you can get a nice fine line with a carpenter's pencil.

It takes a little practice to get it perfect but you know pencils are really cheap so grab a couple pencils and just whittle away so let me just give you one other tip that I use. I always carry two carpenters pencils when I'm working outside and the reason for it is well it's that spacer thing but beyond that, I always sharpen both ends and that way I have two pencils that can do four different kinds of marking tasks. This, of course, is the scribe this down here is blunt okay so keep that in mind so who knew right that a carpenter's pencil had so many cool uses?

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