Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Board 3 - Making life easier

Easy Printing of BoardOff Plans 

I decided to make life easy and get the plans for Board 3 printed. The tiling and taping works perfectly but it is time consuming.

I was walking past a local print shop (hole in the wall type) and they were advertising plan printing. They print on continuous rolls of paper with a width of 1000mm (B1 landscape and B0 portrait). Not having used a printer before I didn't know you could get plans this size printed. Anyhow, for just $8 the printed off the 1:1 scale plans for each deck.

I made a change to BoardOff last night so that you can put the plans for the decks and the rocker jigs into the one pdf file for printing. They fit neatly on 24"x60" paper size in CutePDF but with 40" width ( c 1000mm) you could put multiple decks and the same plan.

Below is the printed plans. I used tape around the edges and across where the inserts go to protect the edge when transferring it to the wood templates.

Something that came up during the tweaking of this design was the need to be able to see where the footpads will fit on the decks. I want to use a router on this board to add a uniform taper around the edges and so I needed to know if this was going to result in the footpads hanging over the edge. So I've updated Board Off to be able to draw the footpad outlines in the .dxf files and added some footpad corner markers onto the draft outline design to help with working out how much taper can be put on. This will come out in v1.3.11