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Tip of the day - Fixing printed construction templates

Martin Wynne

West of the Severn UK
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If you print on ordinary office paper, aligning and sticking down the printed construction templates can be very fiddly.

It's much easier if you print on thicker paper. I recommend 160gsm, which is almost a thin card:


Then use a craft knife and steel rule to trim each page all round exactly on the red lines.

Stick the trimmed pages down like fixing tiles, butting them together (i.e. no overlaps). This makes it much easier to get them accurately aligned.

160gsm card doesn't cockle with water-based adhesives and can be left in place under the ballast if you prefer to build pointwork in-situ.

If it's just a trial printout, you can stick the trimmed pages to a roll of decorator's lining paper as a backing sheet:




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Paul Boyd

Loughborough, UK
To add to that, I find it helpful to print with a 50mm grid then use a 1m rule across multiple sheets to check there's no cumulative dimensional error creeping in, and also no very slight twist. That works for those of us who can't cut exactly on the red lines!
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