# Tip for using meter/yard stick for creating curves?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by prodigy2k7, Jan 28, 2007.

1. ### prodigy2k7Member

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Has anyone heard of this?
You drill holes or something in a meter/yard stick for creating a half circle (4x8 table)
Does anyone know how to do this? Like which numbers for the curve radius or w/e

2. ### cidchaseActive Member

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Ya 'bout got it, prodigy. Poke a nail thru the yardstick at the 1" mark for the center point, and a sharpie marker at the 19" mark (takes about a 1/8" hole). Find your desired center point, poke the tip of the nail in the table top there, and draw your circle with the marker, holding the center steady. You will have an 18" radius curve or circle.

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3. ### 60103Pooh Bah

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I drill 3 holes around the 1" mark: 1", and + and - 1/2G (where G is your track gauge). (For HO this is 11/16 and 1 5/16 as HO is 5/8") Then you can use the 3 pivot points and get the C/L and both rails. Also drill marker holes at your other radius points - 21", 25", 27". If you get a meter stick you can drill one at 37".

I've also done weird things with 1x4s clamped to the benchwork because a 2-foot shelf won't fit a 36" compass.

PS: this will work up to O gauge. Anyone in G and larger will have to start at the 2" mark. And probably need something larger than a yard stick.
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Drill a hole (nail size) at 0" or equivilant ( use 1" if neccessary).
Drill pencil sized holes on the inch increments starting at your minimum recomm ended gauge standard. For example my minimum radius will be no smaller than 17" on my N Gauge layout.
5. ### prodigy2k7Member

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Thanks, if i start at the 1 inch and want a 20" dont I use 21? since i started an inch later?

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7. ### prodigy2k7Member

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thanks a lot, ive learned a lot im so happy, hehe.
8. ### train1Member

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That's how math worked when I was younger :thumb:

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