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How to reduce the size of a template or pattern

by AlaskaGuy
posted 01-08-2018 11:42 PM


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tomsteve

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#1 posted 01-08-2018 11:45 PM

personally id take it to the local copy shop, slap it in their scanner,copier, make a copy, then use the copy to dink with the size on the copier- they usually have the ability to enlarge or shrink by percentage

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#2 posted 01-09-2018 12:14 AM

What graphics abilities do you have? Should be able to make a pattern from the photo in most of the better ones. If you have a vector based package, you can scale it seamlessly to any size you want. If you have a bitmap based system, you can re-size, but extremes may inject some pixelization.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 01-09-2018 12:24 AM

Would the continuous use of a rabbeting bit be able to create that pattern smaller and smaller till it meets your size requirement?

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#4 posted 01-09-2018 12:55 AM

Most computer picture programs have features that allow you to adjust the size of the image. So if you can scan it and open the image with a photo retouching program you can reduce or enlarge the size. Then print it out…..as long and it doesn’t exceed the size of a legal piece of paper.

The alternative is to use a pentograph…..available from multiple sources.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Gilley23

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#5 posted 01-09-2018 12:57 AM

Take it to a copy place and reduce the size to several different %’s, then take it home and use whichever works best for you. It’ll cost you maybe $3.

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waho6o9

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#6 posted 01-09-2018 01:00 AM

Not sure how they work but proportional dividers might get it done.

However, I go to the local print shop and it’s done….

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eflanders

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#7 posted 01-09-2018 01:07 AM

Cutout the pattern out of board. Place a flat washer inside the cut out. Place a pencil inside the i.d. of the flat washer and trace the pattern. Different size washers will yield different size patterns.

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Grandpa

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#8 posted 01-09-2018 01:36 AM

If you are using a windows based computer, put this into WORD. Select the part and right clisk on it. You can adjust the size there.

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BobAnderton

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#9 posted 01-09-2018 02:01 AM

Are you familiar with Matthias Wandel’s Bigprint program? If you follow the link I put in you’ll see he sells it for $22, but you could use the free eval version too I think for what you’re doing. You import the picture and then define any feature or dimension you want and tell it what the size of that feature or dimension is. It will then allow you to print it out in the defined size with alignment lines to match the pages up if it spans multiple pages.

It comes in handy in a lot of instances, even though for any one job it may seem hard to justify the expense. If you’ve got a picture of anything, you can print it out scaled to any size you want.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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Knockonit

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#10 posted 01-09-2018 02:19 AM

use a template, light behind it, move light one direction or next to create shadow,size will depend on light location and distance
Rj

LOL, sorry i see shrink it, my bad.

make a copy on copier and decrease it thru the setting, my copier will make them smaller

-- Living the dream

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jerryminer

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#11 posted 01-09-2018 02:22 AM

Put the template in a copy machine and reduce to 58% (2-5/8 / 4-1/2 = .5833)

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#12 posted 01-09-2018 02:26 AM

Crop the shape in a drawing program and
resize the image to the dimension you want.

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#13 posted 01-09-2018 02:46 AM

Throw it in the washer on hot and dry it on hot cycle too. Should shrink a couple of sizes. M wife does that all the time with clothes.

Barring that, if you can get it into SketchUp you can scale it. BTW – SketchUp is free.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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AlaskaGuy

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#14 posted 01-09-2018 04:08 AM



Put the template in a copy machine and reduce to 58% (2-5/8 / 4-1/2 = .5833)

- jerryminer

May I can do that with my all in one printer, it’s scans, copies, and prints.

Thanks.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#15 posted 01-09-2018 03:33 PM

if the all in one printer doesn’t work for you send me the scan and i will redraw it for you

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#16 posted 01-09-2018 03:47 PM

I copied it into Deltacad, rescaled it to match 2 5/8” H. w/o any problem. But I can’t figure out how to send the results to you. I have it saved as .dwg file. Any ideas?? Anyone.

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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AlaskaGuy

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#17 posted 01-09-2018 09:25 PM

Thanks you guys for all you suggestion and offers. I was able to reduce the pattern using it copy fuction on my all in one printer.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#18 posted 01-10-2018 12:47 AM



Cutout the pattern out of board. Place a flat washer inside the cut out. Place a pencil inside the i.d. of the flat washer and trace the pattern. Different size washers will yield different size patterns.

- eflanders

Just FYI—this method will not create a proportionally reduced template, as the same dimension will be taken off each edge, rather than a proportional amount.

Example: if you reduce each edge by 1/2”, then the 4-1/2” dimension will be reduced by 1” to 3-1/2”—- a reduction of 22%. But a 1” section would also be reduced by 1”—a reduction of 100%. You would not get a “to scale” template.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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Jim Finn

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#19 posted 01-10-2018 01:29 AM

Most everyone has a program called “paint” it will do this easily. I do it all the time. Search your computer. I bet it is there.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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AlaskaGuy

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#20 posted 01-10-2018 01:40 AM



Most everyone has a program called “paint” it will do this easily. I do it all the time. Search your computer. I bet it is there.

- Jim Finn

Thanks for the response. As I posted in post 17 I was able to reduce it to what I needed with the copy function of my all in one printer.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#21 posted 01-10-2018 01:45 AM

I’m very glad you got it AG :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#22 posted 01-10-2018 06:17 PM

I bought one of these from Lee Valley many years ago. It’s a Pantograph. Easy to use and you can upsize or downsize to any Scale You’d like.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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