Rubbing alcohol takes pencil marks off wood without raising the grain. I keep a plastic container of pre-moistened alcohol wipes in the shop for this purpose, which saves on pencil erasers. They’re also handy for removing adhesive residue under labels or stickers. You can buy wipes in pull-out dispensers of larger cloths or in boxes of individually wrapped pads. Fifty or so wipes lasts a long time. Give them a try!
– Jerry Holbrook
Syracuse, New York