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Forum topic by Gene Howe posted 03-30-2011 04:13 PM 750 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gene Howe

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03-30-2011 04:13 PM

In a recent episode of Rough Cuts, Tommy explained the use of carving chisel sweeps to make a template for carving a panel. Then, his carving design template was used to create 1/2 of the design and flipped for the other half. That part is easily understood. Here is where I get corn fuzed. He then flipped the pattern end for end on each half to finish the design. To my uneducated mind, that was like magic!
I can’t wrap my head around how such a template is created that can be used like that.
Anybody out there that can explain the process simply, has my undying gratitude and respect!
It seems that like my old joints, the brain is ossifying, too. I’m hoping for an epiphany, though!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton


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#1 posted 03-30-2011 05:28 PM

sound like the template is 1/4 of the total design
two diagonal panels are right side
and the other two diagonal panels the left side

or the template is half of the design
and only complete
when it is drawn over itself
in the other configuration
kind of like making flowers and flor-de-lis
from a simple design

cutting the whole design in one template
might lose to many connecting pieces
that hold the template together

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-30-2011 06:02 PM

Thanks David.
The pattern he made was 1/2 the design. Well, it was 1/2 the SIZE, anyway.
In use, he traced the pattern, flipped it over, much like opening a 8.5X11 paper folded length wise. Then he flipped it end for end and placed it on the first 1/2, traced it, then flipped it to the next, previously traced, 1/2 . He didn’t flip it end for end and place it at the end of the 1/2.
Somehow, when he flipped it end for end, the pattern added or complimented the the design within the design drawn when the template was in it’s original orientation.
It’s confusing me just trying to describe the process.
When the design was complete, one could see that connecting pieces would be lost if cut as one large template, as you noted.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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