Template with "true grit"
Tracing around miniature templates made of paper or thin scrapwood can be difficult because the patterns tend to slip.
After transferring the shape onto the back of 60-grit sandpaper, cut out the shape with heavy scissors or straight-cut tin snips. Place the pattern facedown and apply finger pressure to keep it in place as you trace around it.
—Al Schlabach, Flora, Ill.