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Figure 3. The basic
outline of the
control panel is a
3" x 4" rectangle.
Figure 4. Use the Inkscape measurement tools to
ensure accurate dimensions.
it, place it at the top middle of the document space, and
choose Object->Fill and Stroke. Click the Fill tab and
choose to remove any fill (refer to Figure 3). Click the
Stroke paint tab and choose the color black. Finally, click
the Stroke style tab and choose 0.5 pixels for the stroke
5. With the rectangle still selected, specify the exact
width and height dimensions in the Tool Controls bar:
4.000” for the width and 3.000” for the height. Refer to
are in the four corners of a 2-3/4” x 3-3/4” rectangle.
1. Create a new rectangle as in steps 1-4 above, this
time measuring 2.750” x 3.750”.
2. Select the 3” x 4” panel outline rectangle, then
shift-select (hold down the Shift key) to also select the
hole mounting rectangle.
3. Choose Object->Align and Distribute.
4. Click both the Center Objects Horizontally and
Center Objects Vertically icons (refer to Figure 5).
Note! Don’t set the exact size of the rectangle until
after you have altered the stroke width. Otherwise, the
rectangle will not be sized correctly.
The rectangle you just created is the outside
dimension of the control panel. Before printing, we’ll
actually make it a little larger, but for now we’ll use the
3” x 4” dimensions as a reference for fitting on all of the
Next, create the mounting holes which, in our case,
Note: For these next steps, you may want to increase
the zoom to at least 200% so you can make out all the
5. Select the Ellipse shape tool and create a circle
Figure 6. Make cross-hairs
for accurate hole drilling by
combining two lines,
centering them, and then
adjusting their size.