Scaled drawings - "scale in inches"???

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Forum topic by mhein68 posted 03-28-2010 11:27 PM 990 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2010 11:27 PM

Hey all, I went out and got my second Shaker book by Kerry Pierce “Pleasant Hill Shaker Furniture”. In it he has great diagrams of furniture like the first… Ok her’s the question…....... one example——On page 80 there is a candle sconce diagram in the middle, top of page is a line that says “scale in inches” and has two lines of alternating (seemingly random!) black and white bars that go from 0 to 8. I am not an engineer, nor do I play one on TV, so it confuses me how to read these scales?? I tried my darnest to find an example on the internet, but couldnt.. so here is a miserable attempt at it?.......
——- —- —— ——- ———- ———

— — —- —- ——- —— ——- ——- ——
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Scale in Inches

Any help would be great!

-- Mike, Southern IL

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#1 posted 03-29-2010 12:34 AM

How many of each color bar are there? If it’s four of each, the length of one bar is 1”.

This is a way to represent actual scale when you know that copying the plans can slightly alter the actual dimensions. In theory, the scale will be altered just like the plan will.

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#2 posted 03-29-2010 12:44 AM

A bit hard to say without seeing it, but I’m going to guess that each black and white segment are 1/8” long? If you put a ruler on it, it should be 1” long total? Which would maybe mean 1/8” = 1”.

-- Gerry,

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#3 posted 03-29-2010 12:56 AM

As the ol’ saying goes—“I see says the blind man!” I finally got it thanks.. .. I guess I should put a tape up to it first , duh…... it’ is 1/2” = 1”... Thanks again!

-- Mike, Southern IL

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