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americanwoodworker

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343 days ago

I was looking over some plans for a firewood cart that I may build. When I got to the cutting diagram I kinda sighed because the guide was scaled down to fit on a single sheet of paper. So it got me to thinking, Maybe there is a better way of doing this?

So here I am, asking. How do you take a small scaled cutting diagram and transfer that to your cutting material to the actual size you want it to be?

How I have always done it is to mark on the wood and use a chalk line to snap a grid to the actual scaled size. Then from there I just freehand it as best as I can using the template as a guide. This takes me so long and I usually get frustrated because of the extra steps.

So do you guys have any tricks or techniques that makes this into a more enjoyable process?

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crank49

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#1 posted 343 days ago

I run the print through the big copier at work and scale it up. Can make it what ever I want, up to a 36” x 48” print.

If you don’t have access to a printer like this you can always go to a Staples or Office Depot or any print shop.
Most any of these guys can enlarge up to 400% and print on 11×17 at least.

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Dave G

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#2 posted 343 days ago

For lathe work I use the copier at work and scale it up to make a template that I then glue onto 1/4” luaun and cut out with the bandsaw.

For cabinetry I do what you do and accurately locate the intercepts and just go freehand on the curvy stuff. The first piece becomes a template for the others so it’s all consistent and nobody notices not even me. Hey the guy that did the original did it freehand? If he didn’t didn’t the guy before him that he copied? And if not that guy, didn’t the guy before him?

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rrww

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#3 posted 343 days ago

Here you go Big Print

I use it all the time & it works great.

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americanwoodworker

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#4 posted 342 days ago

Thanks! I appreciate everyones input.

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Rick M.

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#5 posted 342 days ago

I just did this last night for something originally measured in pounces then scaled to fit a sheet of paper. I measured the drawing in centimeters and since 1 pounce = 2.77 cm, I multiplied my measurements by 2.77 and redrew it. Works the same way for any measurement system.

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oldnovice

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#6 posted 342 days ago

Rick, I think you meant pouce but regardless, that’s the way I do it too!

Scaled prints need a reference scale on the print otherwise there is no way of determining the actual size.

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#7 posted 342 days ago

LOL, yep, thanks.

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#8 posted 339 days ago

Big Print (mentioned above) is awesome!

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