I’ve found a method for transferring patterns to wood that doesn’t destroy the paper pattern or make a mess of the wood.

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I've found a method for transferring patterns to wood that doesn't destroy the paper pattern or make a mess of the wood. The solution lies with a kitchen product called Glad Press'n Seal®. (Find it with the aluminum foil and plastic wraps.)

Simply peel a length of the film off the roll, press it—sticky-side down—to the paper pattern, and trace the pattern with a ball-point pen or a fine-point felt-tip marker. Then peel the film from the pattern, press it onto the wood blank, and cut away. When you're finished, just peel off the film. No need for solvents or scraping.
—Henry Blechl, Vista, Calif.