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CudaDude

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05-05-2015 03:30 PM

Question for those who are more computer savvy than me. I’ve seen similar patterns on other WW websites also. How do you create to scale patterns like this that can be printed and pasted on a work piece and then cut out on a bandsaw? Thanks

-- Gary


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#1 posted 05-05-2015 03:48 PM

Almost any 2D cad system will allow you to print 1 to 1 scale prints. SketchUp might do it as well, never used it my self.

This software will let you print bigger templates:

http://woodgears.ca/bigprint/

I will print lines in the X and Y direction that are 1” long to verify that the plot was 1 to 1.

You can try DraftSight from SolidWorks as well:

http://www.3ds.com/products-services/draftsight-cad-software/free-download/

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 05-05-2015 03:51 PM

I like to use inkscape, but it is only 2D. That is how I do all of my scale prints. I used to use an autoCAD type of tool, but it lacked some of the flexibility that inkscape provides, and inkscape is free.

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#3 posted 05-05-2015 03:58 PM

Edit: Chris beat me to the punch, but you can print a file to scale using BigPrint. http://woodgears.ca/bigprint/

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#4 posted 05-05-2015 04:01 PM

Corel Draw is also popular.

The program can also help with black and white templates for marquetry.

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#5 posted 05-05-2015 04:09 PM

Try THIS for any size graph paper.

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#6 posted 05-05-2015 04:12 PM

I also use inkscape, and save as a PDF. Then print 100% scale.

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#7 posted 05-05-2015 10:00 PM

Man I was way off… I was thinking I could use MS paint or something. I tried modeling some things in Sketchup but couldn’t get the hang of it. Anyway, I looked at the links you all provided and I’ll give them a try and see if I can get the hang of one. I really appreciate the info.

-- Gary

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#8 posted 05-05-2015 11:40 PM

You can use ms paint as it has ruler and grid

there is also a another similar program called paint.net (http://paint-download.com/index.php?kw=%2Bpaint.net%20%2Bfree) which I think is better.

It’s got a much easier learning curve than corel or other 2d programs.

I use it quite a bit for various projects and images (mostly photos, but other graphic images as well)

hope that helps

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#9 posted 05-05-2015 11:46 PM

I use libreCAD and/or Sketchup

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 05-06-2015 12:23 AM

Dang! I have to use a pencil and paper, then trace copies as needed. I’m keepin this thread with all you wizards names so I can get y’all to do these for me! I can trade you wood or boxes for talent.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 05-06-2015 03:08 AM

Corel draw graphics suite 12 also has Photo paint software that does the same job as Draw. I never print the grid lines, only use them as references

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#12 posted 05-08-2015 04:22 PM

+1 for Big Print. I’ve had great success with it!

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#13 posted 05-08-2015 05:26 PM

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#14 posted 05-08-2015 10:52 PM

I use PowerPoint to do things like that

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