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my furniture restoration work, I often have to reproduce missing or broken
parts, tracing their shapes from the originals. Tracing around flat work is
easy, but sculptural parts like cabriole legs present a problem that I solved
by devising this tracing “mouse.” To make one, start with a 1 × 4 × 51⁄2" hardwood block. Next, drill a 5⁄16"-diameter hole through the block to
fit a commonly available straight-sided ballpoint pen. Center the hole across
the thickness, about 13⁄4"
back from one end. Then make the profile cuts as shown in the drawing. Next,
use a disc sander to form a 60° point on the nose–tweaking and sanding until
the point aligns with the tip of the inserted pen. Then sand a comfortable
radius for a hand on the opposite end of the block. Finally, tap a 1⁄4"- 20 hole in the middle of the body,
and install a thumbscrew to secure the pen. To use the mouse, push the pen down
until it contacts the paper, lock the thumbscrew, butt the knife-edge against
the part, and trace your pattern.
-Craig Bentzley, Chalfont, Pennsylvania
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