Enlarging templates by small increments—such as 1⁄4" or 1⁄2"—can be a pain, especially when you're trying to increase the dimensions of a curved or irregularly shaped object.

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Enlarging templates by small increments—such as 14 " or 12 "—can be a pain, especially when you're trying to increase the dimensions of a curved or irregularly shaped object. Sometimes, you need to draw template offset lines that match a router guide bushing. Here's a solution utilizing parts on hand.

Use a flat metal washer as a spacer between the edge of the template and the point of your pencil as shown above. Washers come in many different sizes, giving you a wide choice in enlarging capabilities. Maintain steady pressure as you draw.
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