labelling wood in your ‘store’

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akirk

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How do you label wood so that you know what it is?
I have lots of hardwood give. to me by various people and a poor memory!
mainly wood which is rough sawn, some of it is PAR
options seem to be:
- sharpie (but does it soak in?)
- pencil (does it remain legible?)
- stickers (do they fall off / do they stck so well, you can’t get them off?) - which stickers?
- some other method?
 

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Chinagraph pencils. I have a black and a white one hanging on strings next to the wood store. Also have them dotted about the workshop. Good for scribbling the waste wood before cutting it out/off but too thick for accurate marking.

Gary

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Just seen the price of them. £2.75 for two. Didn't know they were that much. I got mine for free when we stopped using them at work. Stick to skelph's idea of chalk.
 

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I’ve used sharpie on ash, oak and Walnut with no issues, it planed off with one pass on rough sawn
 

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will have to try chalk, (sharpie - concerned about it soaking in.)
worry is that it might not be fine enough
 

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I dont personally but you could staple labels onto the end grain, use any pen you like, they shouldn't fall off, minimal damage and you can read the species in the middle of the stack of boards
 

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How do you label wood so that you know what it is?
I have lots of hardwood give. to me by various people and a poor memory!
mainly wood which is rough sawn, some of it is PAR
options seem to be:
- sharpie (but does it soak in?)
- pencil (does it remain legible?)
- stickers (do they fall off / do they stck so well, you can’t get them off?) - which stickers?
- some other method?

The answer to all your questions is give all the timber away that way you don't have to worry about marking it and you will soon forget about it due to poor memory.
 

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How do you label wood so that you know what it is?
I have lots of hardwood give. to me by various people and a poor memory!
mainly wood which is rough sawn, some of it is PAR
options seem to be:
- sharpie (but does it soak in?)
- pencil (does it remain legible?)
- stickers (do they fall off / do they stck so well, you can’t get them off?) - which stickers?
- some other method?
Great question, it always seems to be troublesome to me also
 

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I have struggled with this also. Tried chalk but it comes off. Chinagraph good. I also use sharpie on tape and directly (with no issues). Pencil also used. In the end I mark by more than one method just in case. I like the idea of end grain however, not thought about that. I did ask by email a well known wood working supplier of hand tools what they recommend from the marking devices they sell and was ignored! You will need both dark and light markers however if your wood is like mine.
 

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