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The ADJUSTABLE TRIANGLE, shown in figure 2-13, combines the functions of the triangle and the protractor. When it is used as a right triangle, the hypotenuse can be set and locked at any desired angle to one of the bases. The transparent protractor portion is equivalent to a protractor graduated in 1/2 increments. The upper row of numbers indicates angles from 0 to 45 to the longer base; the lower row indicates angles from 45 to 90 to the shorter base. By holding either base against a T square or straightedge, you can measure or draw any angle between 0 and 90.

The adjustable triangle is especially help-ful in drawing building roof pitches. It also allows you to transfer parallel inclined lines by sliding the base along the T square or straightedge.


Irregular curves (called FRENCH CURVES) are used for drawing smooth curved lines that are not arcs or circles, such as ellipses, parabolas, and spirals. Transparent plastic french curves come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Figure 2-13.-Adjustable triangle.


Figure 2-14.-French curves.

Figure 2-14 shows an assortment of french curves. In such an assortment you can find edge segments that can be fitted to any curved line that you need to draw.

French curves should be cared for and stowed in the same manner as triangles.


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