|Forum topic by Rob||posted 05-01-2015 05:38 PM||718 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
05-01-2015 05:38 PM
I was going to buy a French curve and realized I might not know enough about them to know which one(s) to buy. I just thought a French curve was a French curve, but after looking at them, I see they not only come in different sizes, but also in different shapes. On top of that, they have different internal shapes cut into them…some have circles or ovals while others have more interesting internal shapes. Some even have a ruler or scale.
In high school I learned to just use a French curve to connect 3 points, draw one segment of a line connecting 2 of the points, and move onto setting up and drawing the next segment. Is that pretty much it, or is there something else I should know?
I presume the curves with irregular shapes cut into the inside are more useful than the ones with circles…in any case, I can get a dedicated circle or oval template, or use a compass or trammel or things that I have around the shop to draw circles. Or are the internal shapes somewhat redundant and not as useful?
Is the scale (in particular, the one that bends around a curve) important to have, and if so, how do you use it?
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