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Forum topic by DeputyMike posted 06-09-2011 09:10 PM 1526 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2011 09:10 PM

I want to build the knock down cradle featured in one of Wood Magazine’s editions. I have not used their paper diagrams before. How do I get full sized copies of these since they are bigger than a normal sized (8.5”x11”) sheet of paper?

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#1 posted 06-09-2011 09:18 PM

I’ve only done this once, but the one I copied HAD actual measurements on it, meaning …. I could play with the increase/decrease function, in the “Printer Preferences” configuration setup … to make sure that the output WAS in 1” = 1” scale.

Worked fine for me.

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 09:31 PM

Either 1 buy the plans full size OR 2 Aquire a size from a visual ref and work from there using hopefully graph paper.
When I see something in a book or magazine that I like I try to work out part of it from any other references in the photo.This way you can work out the rest to within a fair degree of accuracy.If you want absolute perfect measure ments than you need to aquire the plans or ask the magazine or publishers for help most will help you if they own the copyright. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 09:37 PM

They are printed full size, but, for example, most are only 1/2 of the part, so I have to make a copy and turn it upside down I guess and then try and tape the 2 together and hope they are perfectly lined up?

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#4 posted 06-09-2011 09:53 PM

it’ll do fine have fun Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 06-09-2011 10:07 PM

If you can place some registration marks on the paper, and then print it out in sections, you should be okay. Tape a page to a window (or light table if you have one), then overlap another sheet of the plan and tape it to the first piece of paper…. and repeat for the remaining sheets of paper.

I don’t know what type of programs you’ll be using or the printer you have, but you may check to see if the printer has a “tile” option. That would print the pages with the required overlapping. Hope this helps. Good luck.
- JJ

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#6 posted 06-09-2011 10:19 PM

If you have a scanner you can scan the pages, and then use a program such as Rapid Resizer (or others like it) to print the pages on normal paper in whatever size you want, with registration marks on the pages to help you align them. If you don’t have a scanner, photograph them with a digital camera on a tripod (maintain the same distance for each shot) and do the same thing. If the originals are larger than 8 1/2 X 11, take them to a blueprinting company and they can copy them with whatever enlargement factor you need as long as you have copyright permission.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#7 posted 06-10-2011 06:48 AM

Actually, Mike, Wood Magazine plans are printed full size. Some are half a pattern, say a crest rail, and you just flip it to get the other side. Some like Pop Wood or FWW give you a grid and tell you to enlarge until the grid equals the scale. I use a ancient (20 year old) flat bed scanner and it works fine. If you don’t have a scanner, or you don’t feel like fooling with the scaling, take the whole thing to Office Depot, Office Max, etc. and for a couple bucks they’ll print to exact size for you. I did that on a piece from Pop Wood that HAD to be right.

By the way, I built that cradle and the box and shipped it to family in Brazil. Got the wood cheap, but DON’T EVEN WANT TO THINK ABOUT THE SHIPPING FOR THAT SUCKER! Yes the all caps were intentional, and no, I wasn’t yelling at you. Have fun.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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