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Damage Inc.

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06-04-2011 04:45 PM

I’m going to be starting a project that will have me using paper paterns for the first time. Looks like a lot of people cut them out and them adhere them to the wood to cut around.

Here’s my question: How are you sticking the pattern to the wood and then what do you use to make sure there is no adhesive stuck to the wood?

Thanks for the help.

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#1 posted 06-04-2011 04:49 PM

I use spray adhesive and when I am done I take a heat gun and peel the pattern off of the wood then a light sanding and you are good to go..


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#2 posted 06-04-2011 06:38 PM

I use Ketone or lacquer thinner. I wet down the paper first, peel it off and then wipe it with a rag and a little more solvent or thinner.
Wear Nitrile gloves and no open flame around.

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#3 posted 06-04-2011 07:25 PM

I don’t cut the paper first, I print it out on my printer on a full sheet.
I use spray adhesive and spray the paper not the wood.
Let it start to dry a bit and then place it on the wood.
It stays on enough for cutting on the band saw and comes right off when you are done.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#4 posted 06-04-2011 08:31 PM

Paul is spot one with his answer he knows what’s what. Alistair

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#5 posted 06-04-2011 08:34 PM

One question. Are you going to make a bunch of the parts using the same patterns? If so it might be worth making hardboard or MDF templates.

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#6 posted 06-04-2011 08:42 PM

for intarsia
make a bunch of copy’s
you can cut and paste them
using the part you want cut outside the lines
to the wood
and if a blown piece happens
just cut another

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#7 posted 06-04-2011 08:48 PM

When I do this process, I do as Paul. Another method I have for larger patterns that would require my going to the copiers for larger sheets of paper, is to use carbon paper placed between the wood and paper pattern.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#8 posted 06-05-2011 12:17 AM

If the paper patterns are large, remember to check a few measurements against the plans. Paper is not all that dimensionally stable,

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#9 posted 06-05-2011 01:20 AM

I print the pattern backwards on my laser printer, position it on the workpiece, then dampen the paper with lacquer thinner, which transfers the laser toner to the wood.

Be careful not to drown the paper with lacquer thinner, or the toner will bleed, producing a fuzzy line.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#10 posted 06-05-2011 02:06 AM

I use rubber cement, a thin coat on both paper and wood, let dry and then put together. Don’t precut the paper, it makes following the line more difficult. To remove just peel off the paper and if there is any residue an eraser makes quick work of it. As others have mentioned copiers, laser printers, and the paper can all vary so it is important to check critical dimensions before cutting. If you are using the template on metal it is important to do any grinding before applying the template, the heat will break down the glue.

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#11 posted 06-05-2011 02:17 AM

carbon paper!

-- M.K.

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#12 posted 06-05-2011 02:19 AM

Anyone used a pattern transfer tool?

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#13 posted 06-05-2011 02:50 AM

Yup Mark, carbon paper. I bought in a couple of big sheets from a craft catalog outfit.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#14 posted 06-05-2011 03:15 AM

I don’t use patterns, but, provided you didn’t use any sort of industrial strength adhesive, shouldn’t you just be able to sand off the paper? I mean I understand not using epoxy (overkill anyhow), or wood glue, or something that seeps deep into the wood…..

And would hairspray work? Just curious, but it is technically a loose adhesive.

Again, I don’t use paper patterns, I’m just curious if anyone’s tried other methods.

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#15 posted 06-05-2011 04:32 AM

I do a lot of scroll work. I never cut up my patterns. I copy them using a printer. Then I put painter’s tape on my wood. Then I use 3M Super 77 on the back of my pattern and stick it to the tape. That way, when done, everything peals right off.
This is for detailed patterns. For patterns for large pieces, I trace the pattern onto the wood using carbon paper. For doing this, I have a ball point pen in my shop that I have removed the ink tube out of and run the ink out of the head of it. This keeps ink off my patter, so I can reuse it, while allowing the ball to roll on the pattern to keep from tearing it.


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