How to Transfer Line Drawings to Plywood

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How to Transfer Line Drawings to Plywood
When making decorations from plywood, the only limitation is the size of the plywood sheet. (plywood texture image by jimcox40 from

Plywood cutouts are used to decorate lawns, as backdrops in plays and as decor for homes and offices. When cutting images or objects out of plywood, transferring the drawing onto the wood is critical to cutting the right shape and size. The process for transferring a line drawing to plywood varies depending on the size of the object you're creating.

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Things you need

  • Plywood sheet
  • Line drawing
  • Acetone
  • Rag
  • Paperweight
  • Overhead projector or computer projector
  • Marker
  • Duct tape

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    Lay the plywood out on a flat surface. Make sure the top side is up.

  2. 2

    Place the paper face down on the plywood so the entire drawing is on the wood. Make sure you can see all the lines through the paper while it is on the plywood. You may need to go over some lines to make them visible.

  3. 3

    Hold the paper in place with a paperweight to make sure the paper does not slip.

  4. 4

    Pour a small amount of acetone on the rag. The easiest way to do this is to place the rag over the top of the bottle of acetone and turn the bottle over. This gets the rag damp and does not spill the acetone.

  5. 5

    Rub the rag over all the lines in the drawing. Press hard onto the paper. The acetone will mark the plywood so you can see the lines to cut them.

  1. 1

    Copy the line drawing onto a piece of overhead paper or scan it into a computer. If you are using an overhead projector, place the sheet of overhead paper over the drawing and trace the drawing with a black marker.

  2. 2

    Tape the plywood to a wall and make sure it is not bowed.

  3. 3

    Position the projector in the centre of the plywood. Connect the computer to the projector and turn it on, or turn on the overhead projector. Adjust the projector so that the image is as large as it needs to be. If the image needs to be larger, pull the projector away from the plywood and vice versa.

  4. 4

    Outline the drawing onto the plywood with a black marker. Do not stand directly in front of the drawing. This will block out the light from the projector. Stand to the side and trace the drawing.

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