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Forum topic by CudaDude posted 12-26-2014 03:23 PM 960 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2014 03:23 PM

I’ll preface this by saying I’m not very computer literate, though I have been tinkering with Sketchup a little. What I’m trying to figure out is how (or where) to create a pattern that can be printed full size then glued to a work piece so it can be cut out. I’ve tried doing it in Sketchup, but can’t get it to print actual size even when I deselect ‘fit to page’. Here’s an example of what I’d like to be able to do.

-- Gary

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#1 posted 12-26-2014 03:44 PM

That drawing is pretty good. If you are happy with your drawing skills, all you need to do is throw it on a copier and press start (or GO) after you tell it how many copies yo want.

If I were doing that, I would consider making a template out of 3/8 inch MDF or plywood and use double sided tape to stick it to the wood. Us a band saw to rough cut it about 1/16 inch away from the pattern, then use a pattern bit and finish it off.

The dove tails I would probably cut by hand.

Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 12-26-2014 03:49 PM

Actually, it’s not my drawing. It’s just a picture I found online to give a visual of what I’m trying to do. I want to be able to create a pattern such as that, then print it full size. Thanks

-- Gary

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#3 posted 12-26-2014 05:04 PM

I’m not very versed in Sketchup, I have better luck with a 2D cad program called DraftSight.

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#4 posted 12-26-2014 05:18 PM

I’m not familiar with sketchup or similar software, so I usually just use MS Word to print my patterns. You can use the ruler scale on there to get it close. Then my printer can enlarge or reduce to get it perfect. For example, when I print saw handle templates off a particular website, I print them at 106% size and they come out perfect.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#5 posted 12-26-2014 05:20 PM

you could try this program

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#6 posted 12-26-2014 05:41 PM

+1 on BigPrint from woodgears…


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#7 posted 12-26-2014 06:16 PM

This is easy in Sketchup but there are a couple things that have to be done for it to work. First, you must select a 2-dimensional view such as “camera->standard views ->top” using the menu at the top of the screen. Next, select “parallel projection from the camera menu.

Once that’s done, the “scale” options will be available in the print menu after deselecting “fit to page”. Set the scale 1:1 and you’re ready to print. If the drawing is larger than the paper size, Sketchup will automatically print the drawing on multiple pieces of paper in a tiled format. Use the print preview function to see how it will be arranged.

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#8 posted 12-27-2014 12:31 AM

Thanks eveyone for the replies. JAAune, I did what you described in Sketchup but I’m having a problem with the print layout. I created a pattern that is 6”x6” and it’s laying it out on 4 pages (divided equally in 4 corners). How can I set it up to print on 1 piece of paper?

-- Gary

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#9 posted 12-27-2014 04:10 AM

For starters, you are limited by the print margins of the paper so on 8.5”x11” paper you won’t be able to quite print something of that size. Furthermore, most screens are longer than they are tall so to optimize printing space, it’s best to use the landscape format instead of portrait in the printer options.

6”x6” should fit fine but use the zoom keys to get closer to the drawing. You want the lines to be as close as possible to the edge of your screen before bringing up the print menu. Sketchup is trying to print everything that’s showing on the screen – including empty space around the drawing.

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