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04-12-2011 04:32 PM

I have bought a new book with several plans in it that I would like to use. The book has templates in it for the componets and it suggests transfering the plans and then blowing them up on a photocoper to the correct size.

My questions are how would I get this transfered by photocopier . I don’t want to cut the pages out of the book but how would I get these pics to “lay flat” on the photocopier.

Another problem is I do not have easy access to that type of photocopier.

Any ideas????


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#1 posted 04-12-2011 04:48 PM

Getting the pictures to lay flat shouldn’t be a problem as long as the templates aren’t too much in the fold of the book…and if they are, then it’s a poorly designed book.

What is the project? Perhaps the templates don’t have to be that precise and there are alternatives with how you can translate them?

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#2 posted 04-12-2011 04:56 PM

Thats the problem the templates are too much in the fold of the book.

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What to do???

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 05:00 PM

Staples might could help you. I scan in mine and then print at whatever print size is good and then I have Staples print them with a laser printer (10 cents per copy). I then tape that copy face down on the wood and transfer the pattern to the wood with a heat transfer tool. It works great. I’m not sure that Staples will scan things in for you but I bet they would. Anyway, they do give good service. My heat transfer tool works really well. I learned this on Martys chip carving class on Lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 04-12-2011 05:11 PM

I’m not sure what you will be making but if you have dimensions re draw them your self using grid paper.

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#5 posted 04-12-2011 05:43 PM

How about turning this problem into an opportunity, and a woodworking one at that?

Something like this.

Or you could buy one; they vary greatly in price on ebay but they’ll do the job and take up little storage space.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#6 posted 04-12-2011 06:56 PM

I had this problem with a book of scrollsaw patterns. I cut all of the pages out and placed them in a three ring binder with clear document protectors. It cost a little, but now I can see each pattern and they are easy to remove and copy when you need them.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#7 posted 04-12-2011 07:05 PM

It is a long way around but combine what A1Jim said and a digital camera. Take a close up picture. Load it to your computer. Print. Transfer to grid paper

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 04-12-2011 08:04 PM

Or the manual way, trace onto some graph paper and then scale it up by hand based on the tracing. That’s what I would do since I have no printer or photocopier nearby but I have plenty of paper.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#9 posted 04-12-2011 08:19 PM


Quebecnewf would have to travel a long way to find a Staples. He lives in an isolated island community on the coast of Quebec Canada. He has a sawmill and logs on the mainland in the winter, towing the logs on a sled across the frozen harbor in the hard freeze portion of the winter.


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#10 posted 05-13-2011 07:32 PM

Depending on the style printer you have, check to see if there is a “mosaic” setting, this will break up your scan into full scale plots and print out the correct number of sheets that can be taped together.

Or all you need is one or two know dimensions and it can be re-drawn and plotted out in full scale on a plotter. do you have a photo of what your trying to figure out you can show?

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