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scaleing a project

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I am making a sign for my S-I-L and I took a picture of the piece of wood she wants it on. I was going to import it
into my program and trace the outline shape of the board to make sure I get the lettering right and in the correct
position. I remember seeing a video tutorial on how to scale the project to match the dimensions of the piece, but
I don't remember where I seen it at. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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Hi Bobby,

For something like this, I would probably just drag one of the corner handles to resize by eye until happy with how it looks in relation to your background Bitmap/photo.
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When I do natural edge boards, I clamp them down to the spoilboard on my Stinger and then use WinCNC's built in manual trace function.
I use the positioning laser on the Stinger to walk around the board and then enter the end and mid points of a series of arcs into WinCNC.
They are then saved as a DXF which I can import into Aspire and have the exact size and position of the board on the machine.
After having done over a hundred of them, I have got the process down and they don't take very long to do now.
The first one however, took a little bit to figure out.
If you have any questions about the process I will be happy to answer them.

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When I do natural edge boards, I clamp them down to the spoilboard on my Stinger and then use WinCNC's built in manual trace function.
I use the positioning laser on the Stinger to walk around the board and then enter the end and mid points of a series of arcs into WinCNC.
They are then saved as a DXF which I can import into Aspire and have the exact size and position of the board on the machine.
After having done over a hundred of them, I have got the process down and they don't take very long to do now.
The first one however, took a little bit to figure out.
If you have any questions about the process I will be happy to answer them.

Euan
That's a great idea, Euan.
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I imported the pic from your post and sized it to the measurements. Then I used the line drawing tools to outline the shape. It took about 10 minutes. It's not perfect but, it should be good for carving. The graphic is on the bitmap layer (hidden).
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I draw a rectangle that represents the measured length and width of the irregular piece that I have photographed from above, import the photo and scale it to fit in the rectangle. That's sufficient for most of what I do.

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That's pretty much how I do it Jim.
I try to do it after it's jigged, and with a straight edge(90 degree angle even better for cropping)...
and then a Post-It so I don't forget exact size(me forget...Never:)
My problem is getting a straight shot with an SLR from the 'Chair :oops:
It's pretty darn close if measurements and pic are good.
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As simple as doing a dimension on the tape measure then doing the simple math to calc the scale factor.
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Thanks for the comments , I appreciate them. Got the project sized and completed. S-I-L was well pleased with the sign, so I'm happy. Painted the lettering and used some mica power and CA glue for the inlay's.
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