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Hey everyone,
I’m doing a bit of carving and will be attempting to make some router signs. One of the things I keep seeing is that I can use carbon paper to transfer patterns.

I just have one question. WHERE CAN I FIND IT?

I don’t know of any stores that sell it. Has anyone else purchased it?

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#1 posted 1814 days ago

office supply stores ? (staples/office depot/etc)

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#2 posted 1814 days ago

I use Saral transfer paper. It’s like carbon paper, only better. You can get it in different colors so it shows up on dark woods like walnut. It comes in sheets or rolls, kind of like tinfoil boxes. You can find it in art supply stores and art mail order places. Sometimes craft stores like Michaels/Hobby Lobby carry it. Link for checking it out-

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#3 posted 1814 days ago

Don’t use office carbon paper. It might leave a waxy residue that could interfere with your finish.

I use graphite tracing paper for transfering patterns for cutting, carving and burning.
I get it from Lee Valley.

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#4 posted 1814 days ago

One of the tricks of scroll saw pattern transfer is to photo copy your pattern, lay it face down on your wood and then use an iron to heat the paper. It will transfer onto the wood. The finer grain the wood the better it works.
Note: One of the things about the old carbon paper is that it is so ignitable. Simply walking across a carpet and reaching for the carbon paper with a static discharge will ignite it.

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