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Oldschoolguy

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11-07-2018 03:31 PM

Hi y’all. I am wanting to building a project from a magazine. The plans in the magazine are shown to be printed on graph paper with each square 1/2”. How do I make a drawing in full scale? I have a serious learning disability in that I have trouble with some written directions. Therefore, If you could make your directions as simple as possible, that will ease my mind and make life easier. Thanks to everyone for your directions, suggestions or feedback.


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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 11-07-2018 03:42 PM

first you need to make a scale IE: 1/2” = 1 FOOT SO 6 blocks would be equal to 6FOOT :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 11-07-2018 03:47 PM

Depends on the project. It sounds like it’s already laid out on a graph. Is so, every square = 1/2”. If I line goes through 10 squares, that would mean it’s 5” long.

Number of squares * .5 = Length in inches.

Does this make any sense?

Rich

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#3 posted 11-07-2018 03:56 PM



first you need to make a scale IE: 1/2” = 1 FOOT SO 6 blocks would be equal to 6FOOT :<))

- GR8HUNTER

Exactly what Tony says, except that it’s possible that they use a scale such as 1:8, 1:24, 1:32 or worse metric. So one square may not give such a nice conversion. However, it is always the same technique of multiplying the measurement on the drawing by the second number after the colon – e.g. on a 1:24 scale if you have 1/2” you multiply that by 24 to get 12” or 1’.

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LesB

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#4 posted 11-07-2018 06:07 PM

You could “re-draw” the plans on paper with full size or larger squares (you might have to make you own grid), then copying by hand the lines square by square. I have used this method by overlaying a picture of a object (of known dimensions) with a grid so I can re-draw the outline on a larger grid.

Another way is to scan it into a computer and then expand the drawing to the size you want and print it out. That may end up too large for one sheet of paper so it will be printed on several sheets of paper that you can join together.

-- Les B, Oregon

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fivecodys

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#5 posted 11-07-2018 09:10 PM

Oops. re-read the O/P,
I blow them up on a copier at work and then tape them together on a light table.
Been doing that with WOOD magazine stuff for years.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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bmerrill

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#6 posted 11-07-2018 09:16 PM

Taking the drawing to the local Reprographics shop which prints plans for Architects, Engineering, Land Surveyors, Contractors, or one of the above professional offices and ask them to enlarge it for you to scale.
If you have the plans in digital form you can email them to me and I can do it.

-- "Do. Or do not. There is no try". Yoda

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bilyo

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#7 posted 11-10-2018 03:42 PM



You could “re-draw” the plans on paper with full size or larger squares (you might have to make you own grid), then copying by hand the lines square by square. I have used this method by overlaying a picture of a object (of known dimensions) with a grid so I can re-draw the outline on a larger grid.

- LesB

This is a common method. If I may elaborate a bit; I’ll make two assumptions. First, I assume that, when you say the magazine grid is 1/2”, it actually measures 1/2” as opposed to representing 1/2”. Then I’ll assume that the 1/2” magazine grid represents a 1” grid in reality. This means that the magazine grid is half size. So, in order to make the drawing actual size, draw a grid on paper with 1” squares. If it makes it easier and less confusing, number the squares the same on both grids. Now, as LesB said, where ever a line crosses the grid in the magazine, make it also cross the same grid line on your 1” grid. Once done, you will have the same drawing at full scale. Hope this helps.

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Robert

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#8 posted 11-10-2018 04:01 PM

Maybe Wandel’s big print program would help you?

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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Planeman40

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#9 posted 11-11-2018 02:14 PM

what bmerrill says! That would be the best and easiest way. A reprograpics shop can do the resizing and print the drawing out full size to use as patterns for cutting. I find they are relatively inexpensive as I do this frequently.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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John Smith

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#10 posted 11-11-2018 02:45 PM

newbie65 ~ what part of the world do you live in ??
as said above – there are many ways to achieve a full size pattern
to work from . . . if you can scan and post a page from the magazine here
so we can see your project, it may narrow down your options.
sign shops have programs where they can scan images and print it out
on 24” wide white paper. depending on how big your project is (you have not said)
you can glue the papers together to make a full size chicken coop . . . . .
again – depending on what size your project is and how detailed the pieces are.
stop by your local sign shop or a Kinkos (which is now FedEx Office) Staples or Office Depot.

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-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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Richard

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#11 posted 11-22-2018 11:22 PM

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-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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