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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-24-2017, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone,

I've been watching a couple of videos relating to the Trend flexible curve and think it is a wonderfully simple idea.

If you haven't seen it, it is essentially a solid piece of plastic /rubber or similar, which is extremely strong, but also can be bent into various shapes, before being screwed down to your working piece and used as a template.

Personally i think it looks like a great bit of kit. I can imagine it would be great for creating templates, such as a radius curve or arch for the router to be guided along.

Wondering what other persons thoughts are?

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Hey, Gregor; welcome!
These used to be really popular...used mainly for boat lofting and draughting.
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@DaninVan Dan, I remember those draughting flexible things from my childhood. My dad was a draughtsman and when he began he used them. By the time he retired he had moved over to CAD. And he was the one who asked me why I wanted a computer! Go figure.

Those draughting ones don't screw down so it would be impossible to use them as a guide.
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Hmmmmmmmmmmm says I.. Been thinking about these things lately..might make some of the stuff I try to do, easier...two questions:

1: how well do they maintain the shape? take a good bump? or as I suspect, ya just gotta be careful...

2: how tight a radius can you get away with

ok, a third question:

Draughting? drafting?
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Draughting, Draughtsmen.... Draught

Pertains to drawing technical drawings and plans. Such as an architect. Or engineer. My dad drew blast furnaces and the like.

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gotcha Angie,,, thank you kinda thought so, but ya never know

round here we call it drafting. My son is a draftsman..
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I won't be getting one. I figure it would take me less time to sketch out curves freehand, I'd be fine tuning my curves too, so just a gadget I don't need. Probably wouldn't be able to find it when I needed it anyway.
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@DaninVan Dan, I remember those draughting flexible things from my childhood. My dad was a draughtsman and when he began he used them. By the time he retired he had moved over to CAD. And he was the one who asked me why I wanted a computer! Go figure.

Those draughting ones don't screw down so it would be impossible to use them as a guide.
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Exactly, just how we did it way back then. I still have a couple of the Acu-Arc Adjustable Curves in their grey poly tubes and a Acu-Arc Ruler that could be used to draw a section of a large radius curve - all in a drawer with a pile of various templates that I bought over the years. And all obsolete as soon as they came out with CAD - bet I could buy a really nice router or two with all the money I've invested in them over the years.
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