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Why is a Carpenter's Pencil Flat? And Other Stuff

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Leah demonstrates how to use a carpenter's pencil as a scribe, as a measuring tool, as a precision marking tool, and more! Buy Leah a cup of coffee! http://www.Ko-fi.com/seejanedrill Link to carpenter's pencils on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2xZyFVA Click on this link to shop on Amazon via See Jane Drill: http://www.amazon.com/?tag=sejadr-20 Leah's Recommended Tools for Beginner DIY-ers: Power Tools: DeWalt 20V Lithium-Ion Brushless Compact Drill Driver: https://amzn.to/2LrHaCu (currently on sale!) Skil Circular Saw with Laser Beam Guide: https://amzn.to/2Opokto Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool Kit: https://amzn.to/2LGKucl (currently on sale!) Black and Decker Smart Select Jig Saw: https://amzn.to/2JY9lTT Black and Decker Random Orbit Sander: https://amzn.to/2mORkP0 Hand Tools: Stanley 20-piece basic screwdriver set: https://amzn.to/2LN23Y2: Irwin Tools Universal Hand Saw: https://amzn.to/2LGFWCQ Erstwing 16-oz Claw Hammer: https://amzn.to/2NM8ZCj Lufkin Quick-Read Tape Measure: https://amzn.to/2NQwgTG Stanley Value Chisels (for everyday use): https://amzn.to/2mNdi4I Stud-Pop Magnetic StudFinder: https://amzn.to/2Opsrpk Rite in the Rain Weatherproof Notebooks: https://amzn.to/2Afairl 3. If you really like the work we that we do or have been helped by our videos, consider supporting See Jane Drill on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/seejanedrill Contact Info: Website: http://www.seejanedrill.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/seejanedrill Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/seejanedrill Email: [email protected] Disclaimer: Due to factors beyond the control of See Jane Drill, we cannot guarantee against improper use or unauthorized modifications of this information. See Jane Drill assumes no liability for property damage or injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in this video. Use this information at your own risk. See Jane Drill recommends safe practices when working with tools seen or implied in this video. Due to factors beyond the control of See Jane Drill, no information contained in this video shall create any expressed or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result. Any injury, damage, or loss that may result from improper use of these tools, equipment, or from the information contained in this video is the sole responsibility of the user and not See Jane Drill. https://youtu.be/GAsSOnU0jqk #seejanedrill
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beertrain (12 hours ago)
If you build a deck with dry lumber and 1/4" gaps where I live every second board will heave up come the rainy season. I soak the lumber until it can't absorb any more water then butt them up tight. Works like a charm. Auto gapping.
shaka zulu (17 hours ago)
Yaki da bindigindik yah?
Eric Bentley (23 hours ago)
Seriously? She doesn't know the difference between 1/4" and 1/8" ? Or am I missing something?
james proudstar (1 day ago)
I was just thinking yesterday,why is it flat and i came to this video by accident,my questions have been answered,thank you!
Red Salem (1 day ago)
Another great video
mgriff0309 (1 day ago)
You’re so amazing Leah, really enjoyed this one and learned!
GLB Woodcraft 256 (2 days ago)
Very nicely done!!!
peteq1972 (3 days ago)
These pencils fall off my ear instantly, normal pencil stays put
Great information. I always wonder why they are flat and for what use. Thanks 👍
John D. Lucchesi (5 days ago)
Jane your awesome!!!
Kevin Jex (8 days ago)
I’m happy that someone took there time to show us how to use a real great pencil. You just have to have a dad that’s a find finished Carpenter to understand why you need to know a pencil.
John Curtis (8 days ago)
I'm impressed. Great video...TY
MrSmid888 (9 days ago)
The led thickness can put millimetres on a cut. Better with a pointed pencil. Joiners pencil better for marking masonary for a more visible line. That’s the working truth.
Robert Hellmich (10 days ago)
Its all fun and games until you drop your pencil under the deck, use a speed square instead
We lose as many carpenter's pencils at work as college students lose socks at the laundromat. I don't think that I ever possessed the same one pencil for longer than three days. Yet, when it comes to mechanical pencils at the drafting tables, I never saw one younger than twenty years old. Mechanical pencils are usually family heirlooms. You don't dare let yourself lose one, because you'll never hear the end of it if you do.
Carl Sundalo (10 days ago)
Wow, they teach so much in prison workshops these days.
I Am A Fixer (11 days ago)
Great video, thanks for sharing. Never thought about it as a scribe tool.
Gles (11 days ago)
why is a school pencil round... see how dumb you look. thumbs down
1Klooch (11 days ago)
Leah, answer me this. I am no newbie to almost any kind of DIY stuff. But, why is it when I get my tools for the job together and then start on the job why is it I end up with 95 tools out for a 5 tool job?
Gerald VonGustav (11 days ago)
??? really??? you have to explain why it's not round??
Nick Nolan (11 days ago)
Wonderful
Dario S (11 days ago)
👏✅
THE REAL KING FRANCES (11 days ago)
It’s ma’am 😂😂
Stephen Addison (11 days ago)
After all these years I hadn’t any idea never really looked into it.. cheers ♠️
Cripple Minded (12 days ago)
Great video
DapperDan (12 days ago)
One thing that makes all the difference in the trades is knowing all the tricks. There are a million tricks to learn and if you don’t know any the job will be much more difficult to accomplish
0:32 aww :) thank you
Wills420913 (12 days ago)
Hehe "ride the box"
Wills420913 (12 days ago)
Im shocked how interesting this video turned out to be lmao
Dago Lopez (12 days ago)
Ok. This was was awesome. Glad I came across it.
Dago Lopez (12 days ago)
I don’t know how I got here, but let’s go!
Max C (12 days ago)
2.5 million views so far! 👍👍👍
Hector Rabbit (13 days ago)
Pencils can also be used as a prison shank.
REBELLIONETTE (8 days ago)
They're pretty accurate and won't roll away in the exercise yard....
Daniel Moore (13 days ago)
i used the width of a carpenters pencil to space bricks
Daniel Moore (13 days ago)
i think the pencil was more than 1/2 though. 5/8ths i think. made by a masonry company
Carol Ilse Anne (13 days ago)
It's a rectangle. Bit of a worry a carpenter calls it square? Very interesting though thank you 😊
brian r (13 days ago)
you would think so it doesn't roll off the top of the ladder or scaffold.
peter kreisler (13 days ago)
Awesome from the UK
Roger Steinbrink (15 days ago)
The real reason that they're square is so they won't roll off the bar.
scooter george (17 days ago)
4.10 still got it. still got it 😊
Tim Falardeau (17 days ago)
Great channel...
Ar K (18 days ago)
It' s not "Lead"... It is Graphite (Carbon)!
Slade Lerch (18 days ago)
Thanks!
Troubled Sole (19 days ago)
Thank you, for I am wiser for the great nugget of knowledge I have learned in this video. I will now throw away my no2 pencil, my pen, my crayon, my rusty nail, my dirty fingernail and finally buy a carpenters pencil dammit.
Divided (19 days ago)
I'm not involved in woodworking in any way, watched this by accident, absolutely fascinating, nice one 😃
tenore8 (20 days ago)
Great video.
Michael Denave (21 days ago)
Believe it or not but this was more interesting and useful then anything my wife has said in the past six months.
Chad Gros (21 days ago)
It's graphite not led
Guillermo Saravia (22 days ago)
Great tips
Deveric Gibbs (23 days ago)
Wow
I'll be working construction for 5 years I never knew about tips then again I'm a helper for a plumbing company pencil won't show up on pipe
Dindy Luvs Fall (24 days ago)
I wished I could marry a carpenter, but most of them are alcoholics .
REBELLIONETTE (8 days ago)
Or anorexic and dead....
Frank Ollis (27 days ago)
I just subscribed and rang the bell. I clicked on this because it reminded me of a hip pocket class I did at NCO School. Nostalgia led me to learn three new things and go get two pencils and make a couple new tools. Thank you!
Denih Sutardi (27 days ago)
Is there any mechanical Carpenter pencil?
Matt (29 days ago)
Why are your hands so shaky?
John John (27 days ago)
Because she probably worked her ass off her entire life, unlike you soyboy!
sijtheman (29 days ago)
to much coffee lol
Sun6 V (29 days ago)
Very good job done mate , keep up the good work , Cheers .... :) U R Just Awesome Mate..... :)
Kolpik (29 days ago)
I feel a little silly, but I never thought to scribe with one of these bad boys. Hey palm, I'd like to introduce you to forehead.
bixby9797 (30 days ago)
I had no idea of the measurements. I always used a nail but a pencil is much better, thanks
Donna Luteran (1 month ago)
Hi Leah, I got 2 carpenters pencils at Walmart for $.38 each.
Foottapiologist (1 month ago)
A no nonsense channel. What a surprise
Home Repairs DIY (1 month ago)
very nice
William Durazo (1 month ago)
You forgot #6 stab yo ass with it
Xavier Zayne (1 month ago)
do a video on why earth is flat
-houdini- (1 month ago)
Good video thanks
O Radi (1 month ago)
Hi Leah, thanks for making such videos for beginners like myself. I'm not ashamed to admit this video convinced me to buy carpenters pencils. It made a world of difference compared to regular No. 2 pencils that need sharpening so frequently. Your point on shaving it flat was key. I've seen many of your videos and used the techniques and hidden features of tools such as tape measure and squares you featured. I really appreciate the time you take to share all these knowledge you gathered in 20+ years for us to consume and advance in woodworking quickly. Full disclosure, I'm a partner at Men's Soap Company and I made my first project, ever. It is simple but it gave me enough confidence to do more. Again, thank you. Oh, and hope you check out the video: https://youtu.be/ZXv20uqVeKo
Chris Carroll (1 month ago)
Halfway through the video and I realised.......your a woman. Hahaha I thought you was a fella.
Mibb (1 month ago)
you are talking a lot about lead... is there lead in the pencil though? ;)
Pete Zagone (1 month ago)
Hi Leah! I learned a lot and always wondered about these pencils. Thank you. I'm subscribed!
Randomino (1 month ago)
Mark it again... Still got it.
Phillip Suitt (1 month ago)
Just discovered your channel. I'm a retired building inspector and I love this stuff! Thanks for the work you put into all this.
Robert Smith (1 month ago)
What I hate about some of the carpenters pencils is when your trying to sharpen one and the lead keeps breaking n keeps pulling sections of the lead out !!! Errrr damn Chinese pencils !!!!
Dr (1 month ago)
This was a highly informative video! I never knew these things. Thank you, for sharing.
Giant (1 month ago)
Pinche vieja lista de amadre , !!!👍
Dindy Luvs Fall (24 days ago)
Not cool
Leigh Jordan (1 month ago)
That was great.
Mario Mejia (1 month ago)
Thanks You honey👍😛.
Dawn Baker (1 month ago)
Who knew? I do now. Amazing.
Jeremiah Armstrong (1 month ago)
cool tutorial .I've been using them all my life.I've used them to measure depth of undercuts such as flooring over a heat register but never realized they were 1/4 by 1/2.I love time saving tips got a bunch of them myself .Never understood why people get irritated when you try to tell them some good stuff on the job
Rob Moitoza (1 month ago)
Wow! I've done carpentry work for years and I never knew any of this!
Simpson Strong-Tie (1 month ago)
We learned something new today! Thank you for this educational video. Well done.
Edward Maloney (1 month ago)
There is another purpose that is intentional. It has six sides. When you sharpen the lead to a point that is centered in both directions, the flat scribes a 1/4" line. Again turn the pencil to the 45 degree facet, and it will scribe an 1/8" line. And again turn the pencil to the narrow flat to scribe a 1/16" line. I do this if I have to account for curf or need to trim/shave for removal to fit.
roger voke (1 month ago)
your a pretty cool chic i tell ya !!!!
infraprods (1 month ago)
Great video but there’s even more. The lead (graphite) of a carpenter pencil is 1/8” long by 1/16” wide. You can sharpen it to give you a perfect 1/8” or 1/16” line to complement the 1/2” and 1/4” measurements you make with the body.
Eddy Skipper (1 month ago)
3:20 are we just gonna ignore that the line is completely uneven? xD
Bravo20 Ghost (1 month ago)
👍🏽
pino de vogel (1 month ago)
Your inches make my european brain cry. Also mine are oval.
Michael Ripperger (1 month ago)
Why is the channel called see jane drill ... but your name is Leah ? Is there a meaning behind the name ?
Dylan Mounsey (1 month ago)
I would never space deck boards a quarter inch apart.. expansion and contraction over the first 5-10 years those gaps will open up to like half an inch.
shovel for digging (1 month ago)
I learned more from you in 3 videos than I have from other channels. Bravo.
firesong83 (1 month ago)
Leah, so many people could learn so much from you.
vientodepaz (1 month ago)
I love this woman's, my very nice teacher ! thank you very much.
Chris Lichowicz (1 month ago)
So it lays flat against your ear when you put it there and also it don't roll off the drawing table.
Krom1hell (1 month ago)
Damn imperial carpenters.....What about the metric carpenters? :))...
aceonfire11 (1 month ago)
FAKE NEWS!
Rezuh Snipes (1 month ago)
I was a carpenter and this never crossed my mind lol I'm embrassed😳
naturalbornkillr (1 month ago)
All the neophytes who commented "so it won't roll away" obviously the first thought for everyone - Didn't watch the whole video and missed out on some useful tips. But we all know most of the people commenting are dicks and losers with nothing better to do than be an asshole.
Jon Steadman, Composer (1 month ago)
Clever stuff thank you
chris (1 month ago)
never knew this thanks
David R (1 month ago)
Fascinating! Thank you
seejanedrill (1 month ago)
🙂
OneTakeJay (1 month ago)
And I just thought it was about the wont roll thing . Thanks this is useful information
tasaman (1 month ago)
Really digging your videos. I just discovered you and am subscribed. Quite informative. Keep up the quality work.
seejanedrill (1 month ago)
Thank you so much, and welcome to our channel!
Ramone Salvatore (1 month ago)
I agree Jane is very pleasant to listen to and full of knowledge and interesting. She has a awesome tone to how she voices these DIY's where she intoxicates you with her knowledge. thanks Jane.

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