Help? Working with Mag/book plans (1 Square = 1/2") type..

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Forum topic by mhein68 posted 03-18-2010 09:32 PM 922 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2010 09:32 PM

Doe anyone have any advice on working with plans like these? I have Kerry Pierces book on Shaker storage and in it is a shelf.. I have tried to do the 1 square = 1/2” and man did it turn out a jagged looking mess.. Ending up with an WAY out of preportion template.. It not drawing out the 1/2” squares (yea I can do that!) :) It transfering the subtle curves and such to the sqaures.. Or am I making this harder then I have to?? Any advice would be great! Thanks all!!

-- Mike, Southern IL

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#1 posted 03-19-2010 05:09 AM

First off, it easiest to go buy graph paper from a store like office depot or staples. It is usually more accurate than you can draw it unless you have a drafting table. If making your own, make sure the squares are equal 1/2” both in length and width.

Second, I usually use a drafting tool called a “french curve” to even out the curves lines. you may have to use different sections of the curve tool to get them to flow into each other. Lacking a drafting tool, I have used coffee cans, margarine bowl lids, spray can bottoms, etc to even out the curved lines and make them smooth. It is better to have an edge to trace than to try free-hand. They also have the plastic bendable curves that may help. The french curve and bendable plastic are also available at office supply stores in the drafting section.

Third, double check your count on the plan graph as to number of squares down and across. One square off makes a huge difference.

Fourth, go one square at a time and make a pencil point at the same relative distance on each graph line, both vertical and horizontal, as you progress square by square.

That’s about all the help I can suggest


PS Where in southern IL? I grew up in a little town east of St Louis called Glen Carbon.

-- Go

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#2 posted 03-19-2010 10:44 AM

Try enlarging it on a copier at 200%

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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