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10-28-2009 10:11 PM

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I need to draw out full size compound curves for a project that is in the planning stages. I found this at Woodcraft. The repeatability is the most important thing as I will have to transcribe from one side to the other accurately.

Any thoughts, ideas, or jigs???

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#1 posted 10-28-2009 11:48 PM

You can use something like the one you linked to, or just a piece of rope and carefully mark it on a piece of 1/4” hard board. Cut out the hardboard and smooth out the edge. Use it for a template for as many as you need.

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#2 posted 10-28-2009 11:51 PM

I bought one from woodcraft and it works great.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-29-2009 02:58 AM

I have seen things like that in office depot.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 10-29-2009 03:37 AM

SketchUp + printer.

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#5 posted 10-29-2009 05:21 AM

they sell a bendable stick for drafting. you can bend it easily but it is stiff enough to hold a curve and move around on paper.

Would be easy for multiple different curves. If just one I like the wooden template idea.


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#6 posted 10-31-2009 05:03 AM

Depending on the size, the drafting flex curve works great. Like Papadan said for larger full scale work. A small improvement may be a soft garden hose filled with sand to lay heavy on the pattern and hold it’s shape while tracing. Hope this helps. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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