Template ProductionTools and Equipment for Making TemplatesStonemasonry Department 2012
Measuring ToolsSquares are used to ensure that all markinglines are square and perpendicular. There arevarious types of square suitable for markingtemplates but rosewood squares are themost effective as they are durable, non-adjustable and the thick stocks allowstemplates to be aligned correctly.Steel Rules are the preferred measuringinstrument as they offer a high degree ofaccuracy and retain clear markings.
Marking ToolsScribers are used to score lines into sheetmetal zinc. They will usually have a steelshaft and a sharp tungsten tip. It isimportant to keep the tip of the scribersharp at all times to ensure that lines areclearly visible.Steel Dividers are used in the same way as acompass. They are available in a variety ofsizes and can be manufactured with tungstentips for use on stone.The points of the divider must be kept sharpat all times.Beam Compass consist of two trammelheads attached to a beam. They aredesigned to mark curves of a larger radiusthan standard compass or dividers can reach.One trammel is held on the centre pointwhilst the other is used to mark the curve.
Cutting and Shaping ToolsSnips can be used to remove wastage fromsheet metal zinc when making a template.They are used similarly to everyday scissorsand are available in a variety of shapes andsizes.Snips are not usually recommended forreducing the template to the working lines asthey are not capable of cutting to theaccuracy required.Metal Files are used to reduce zinctemplates to the working lines. By “rubbing”a file against the template, the template canbe reduced accurately to the working lines.Files are available in various shapes and sizesIt is advisable to have at least one round fileand one flat file in your toolkit.
Finishing ToolsSteel Wool is used to clean a zinctemplate upon completion. Althoughnot an essential item, rubbing thetemplate with the steel wool will give ita more professional appearance and willallow markings to be seen more clearly.Permanent Markers are used to markessential information, such as mouldprofile, type of template, top bed,bottom bed, face etc, which shouldalways be displayed clearly on atemplate.
Developed by The Stonemasonry DepartmentCity of Glasgow College2012