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Make a contouring gauge for cutting floor tiles to proper shape for fitting around objects.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #218 Apr 1981 (v.31#4) pg. 116

Contour gauge for cutting concrete-pier forms (Sonotube) so that they conform to exposed, irregular bedrock surfaces.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #31 Feb-Mar 1986 pg. 14

A giant, oversize version of a contour gauge made from 1x3 and 2x4 lumber is used to determine the bottom profile for concrete forms on uneven ground.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #65 Feb-Mar 1991 pg. 32

The duckbill-scriber is used for scribing frames, moldings or anything else that has to fit an uneven surface.
FINE WOODWORKING #6 Spring 1977 pg. 53

Contour tracer is made of plastic and wood.
FINE WOODWORKING #18 Sep-Oct 1979 pg. 83

How to make a contour gauge from scrap wood and ice cream sticks that can be used to measure irregular beams.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan 1974 (v.2#1) pg. 2

Contour pattern copier made from a few decks of playing cards.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1967 (v.128#4) pg. 187

Simple tracing tool for reproduction of parts with irregular contours is made from steel blade holder and a blade with sharp point.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1970 (v.196#6) pg. 107

Tip on using a pencil compass to trace the pattern needed to fit paneling tightly against a stone wall or other irregular surface.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #827 Jul-Aug 1998 (v.94) pg. 28

Simple jig made from wood and nails helps judge the depth and profile when sculpting (carving out) wooden chair seats.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1994 (v.18#3) pg. 10