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Forum topic by AlaskaGuy posted 01-08-2018 11:42 PM 679 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2018 11:42 PM

In the drawing below you see a pattern I made some years ago for feet on a dresser. I now would like to use the same pattern for a Pennsylvania Spice Box. I need to reduce this patter to approximately 2 & 5/8 tall and 4to 41/2 inches wide (in proportion to the reduction in height.

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#1 posted 01-08-2018 11:45 PM

personally id take it to the local copy shop, slap it in their scanner,copier, make a copy, then use the copy to dink with the size on the copier- they usually have the ability to enlarge or shrink by percentage

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#2 posted 01-09-2018 12:14 AM

What graphics abilities do you have? Should be able to make a pattern from the photo in most of the better ones. If you have a vector based package, you can scale it seamlessly to any size you want. If you have a bitmap based system, you can re-size, but extremes may inject some pixelization.


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#3 posted 01-09-2018 12:24 AM

Would the continuous use of a rabbeting bit be able to create that pattern smaller and smaller till it meets your size requirement?

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#4 posted 01-09-2018 12:55 AM

Most computer picture programs have features that allow you to adjust the size of the image. So if you can scan it and open the image with a photo retouching program you can reduce or enlarge the size. Then print it out… long and it doesn’t exceed the size of a legal piece of paper.

The alternative is to use a pentograph…..available from multiple sources.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 01-09-2018 12:57 AM

Take it to a copy place and reduce the size to several different %’s, then take it home and use whichever works best for you. It’ll cost you maybe $3.

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#6 posted 01-09-2018 01:00 AM

Not sure how they work but proportional dividers might get it done.

However, I go to the local print shop and it’s done….

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#7 posted 01-09-2018 01:07 AM

Cutout the pattern out of board. Place a flat washer inside the cut out. Place a pencil inside the i.d. of the flat washer and trace the pattern. Different size washers will yield different size patterns.

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#8 posted 01-09-2018 01:36 AM

If you are using a windows based computer, put this into WORD. Select the part and right clisk on it. You can adjust the size there.

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#9 posted 01-09-2018 02:01 AM

Are you familiar with Matthias Wandel’s Bigprint program? If you follow the link I put in you’ll see he sells it for $22, but you could use the free eval version too I think for what you’re doing. You import the picture and then define any feature or dimension you want and tell it what the size of that feature or dimension is. It will then allow you to print it out in the defined size with alignment lines to match the pages up if it spans multiple pages.

It comes in handy in a lot of instances, even though for any one job it may seem hard to justify the expense. If you’ve got a picture of anything, you can print it out scaled to any size you want.

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#10 posted 01-09-2018 02:19 AM

use a template, light behind it, move light one direction or next to create shadow,size will depend on light location and distance

LOL, sorry i see shrink it, my bad.

make a copy on copier and decrease it thru the setting, my copier will make them smaller

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#11 posted 01-09-2018 02:22 AM

Put the template in a copy machine and reduce to 58% (2-5/8 / 4-1/2 = .5833)

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#12 posted 01-09-2018 02:26 AM

Crop the shape in a drawing program and
resize the image to the dimension you want.

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#13 posted 01-09-2018 02:46 AM

Throw it in the washer on hot and dry it on hot cycle too. Should shrink a couple of sizes. M wife does that all the time with clothes.

Barring that, if you can get it into SketchUp you can scale it. BTW – SketchUp is free.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#14 posted 01-09-2018 04:08 AM

Put the template in a copy machine and reduce to 58% (2-5/8 / 4-1/2 = .5833)

- jerryminer

May I can do that with my all in one printer, it’s scans, copies, and prints.


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#15 posted 01-09-2018 03:33 PM

if the all in one printer doesn’t work for you send me the scan and i will redraw it for you

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