Cutting out perfect squares

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Cutting out perfect squares

Postby angrydemon » April 19th, 2008, 12:03 pm

Every time I want to cut out squares, I always rely on the fact that all the sides of the store-bought paper are perfectly perpendicular to each other. When I make tissue foil however, its nearly impossible to make sure they stay straight, so I just put another piece of paper (which has been cut out onto a square) onto the tissue foil and trace it out. This however, wastes a lot of paper.What method do you guys use? Preferably not with a compass, because that might shred the paper...and I hate geometry.
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Postby origami_8 » April 19th, 2008, 12:07 pm

Wood stencils cut square at the building centre, a pencil, a sharp knife and a metal ruler are the things I use.
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Postby mastermattdude » April 19th, 2008, 1:50 pm

I use a method that works most of the time. First I "book" fold the nonsquare paper in half , then, I fold it in half the other way. Lastly, because I have two perpendicular edges, I can measure out the two lines I'll be cutting on. I hope this picture can help you more than my words (pardon my inadequate skills with paint).


And if this doesn't make a perfect square, I use a cutting board and rotary blade.
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Postby merman » April 20th, 2008, 12:11 am

I assume the two opposite sides are perpendicular and the corners are at 90 degrees. Then I fold the two diagonals and cut where the diagonals intersect the edges...
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Postby jackie0870 » April 20th, 2008, 10:19 am

try this:
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Postby Max » April 20th, 2008, 6:39 pm

A nice and simple method.
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