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06-27-2008 02:14 PM

Hello once again folks. I am curious about what type of tracing paper you use for your projects or patterns.

Thanks once again!

Being new to alot of this I am sure I will have more questions. My table saw- tableboard/router table and Cross cut sled are almost complete.

-- Jerry


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#1 posted 06-27-2008 02:46 PM

I rarely use tracing paper, but when I do it’s just a pad I got at a store. No specific type.

Just remember that if you are planning to do a 1:1 drawing, do it quickly. Paper expands and contracts
daily.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 06-27-2008 02:52 PM

Hello Gary, When you say pad, do you mean just a pad of regualr paper?

-- Jerry

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#3 posted 06-28-2008 03:54 AM

Sac,

Are you tracing a pattern from a book/magazine or transferring the pattern to your work piece?

Lew

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

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#4 posted 06-28-2008 05:12 AM

graphite paper works OK for rough tracing jobs. But you can’t beat onion paper if you can find it. Of course, some would say that’s crazy—- but it works for me.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 06-28-2008 09:26 AM

Sac, I usually design on the computer using sketchup or turbocad. The printer will print exact to scale which is a big plus. I use carbon paper sometimes if I want to trace on to a surface.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 06-28-2008 02:06 PM

To answer a couple of questions. Lew, I would be transferring patterns to a work piece from printed patterns off the computer I have in the garage. I have autocad lt 2009 and Google Sketchup installed. Grumpy how does the carbon work out for you? I am worried that carbon may make a big mess on the wood. I’ve never heard of onion paper Betsy, I’ll look around for it and may give it a try.

-- Jerry

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#7 posted 06-28-2008 04:12 PM

Best price for Saral Graphite Paper have found. Just ordered 2 rolls.

-- Jerry

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#8 posted 06-28-2008 05:12 PM

Sac,

For transferring the image to a work piece, I use the same method as Grumpy- carbon paper. For large pieces, just tape several pieces of carbon paper together. Of course the Graphite Paper does the same thing, I’m just too stingy to buy it.

Lew

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

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#9 posted 06-28-2008 05:35 PM

OMG —- Sac you’ve never heard of onion paper….. GADS! That stuff has been around since paper itself. I learned to type on onion paper. It’s very thin, yet strong. It used to be very popular writing paper.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 06-28-2008 06:46 PM

It may not be the best, but if you can’t get anything else, you can always go down to your local gas station and grab a couple toilet liners. The same Laguna Beach artist that taught me about how to secure my patterns taught me that one. I am NOT being a smart a—here. I am serious AND I have used it! To Betsy, I hate to admit it but I too have no clue on onion paper. Perhaps I have been on this mountain to long.
My Preference is a good ol pad of regular tracing paper.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#11 posted 06-28-2008 07:16 PM

You might want to avoid using tracing paper from an office supply store.
It may contain grease or wax and can resist some finishes and even bleed through.

I use Graphite Tracing Paper (Item: 41K75.01) from www.leevalley.com.

I use it form cutting, carving, and burning designs layouts.

-- 温故知新

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#12 posted 06-28-2008 07:39 PM

Hah! nice tip Allison. Drgoodharp, thats a good price. Saved that link. Betsy may be showing her age a bit :-) They didn’t allow guys in typing class in our school. :-D So no, I stall haven’t seen any onion paper. Must help some tress and allow more wood for us :-)

-- Jerry

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#13 posted 06-28-2008 08:18 PM

Sac – they didn’t allow guys in our typing class either, but then they didn’t let girls in shop class. Now the guys are populating the typing classes and the girls are in shop class. Go figure.

As to onion paper——- you need to google it for lots of information – but here’s a start – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onionskin

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#14 posted 07-02-2008 02:17 AM

Sac, I rarely use carbon paper but you are right it is messy. I would mainly use it for making templates then the mess is not an issue.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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