Use Hardboard Templates Instead of Prototypes

If I had the additional time and materials, I’d construct a full-blown
prototype of each new design I create. Prototypes allow you to
see in three-dimensions all of the errors and awkwardness you
can’t see on a two-dimensional plan. And fixing the design
is often apparent when you may have a prototype in your

As a lot as I really like prototypes, they don’t seem to be at all times crucial
and even doable. So here’s what I do as a substitute.

I make full-size hardboard templates of the foremost parts
I’ve questions on. These parts are virtually at all times
the curved bits. Even in case you are good at visualizing curves
in your head, seeing the curve and the house it occupies is

Hardboard is affordable (a 2’ x four’ sheet is lower than $5). It
works rapidly and simply with hand instruments and energy instruments. And
when you excellent the curve, seat form or no matter, you’re
left with a everlasting document of the form that can be utilized to
lay out future parts.

Additionally, hardboard templates don’t take up a lot house once you
retailer them. The stuff I purchase is three/16” thick. Consequently, I
retailer about 10 years value of patterns in a small nook behind
some pipes in my store.

Oh, a fast phrase about hardboard. It’s in all probability not what you
assume it’s. Not like plenty of engineered wooden merchandise, most
types of hardboard are simply wooden fibers which were
exploded after which compressed – no extra glue or resin is
added. “Tempered” hardboard merely has a skinny layer of
linseed oil on it. It’s been round since 1898 and is sort of
tool-friendly in comparison with different fiberboard sheet items. Learn
extra here.

— Christopher Schwarz

Chris Schwarz Blog, Woodworking Blogs

Christopher Schwarz

About Christopher Schwarz

Chris is a contributing editor to Common Woodworking
Journal and the writer at Misplaced Artwork Press. He is a
hand-tool fanatic (although he makes use of energy instruments, too).

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