Well, the first rule of any DIY project is that whatever way you think
up that gets the job done is fair game.
If I were doing it, I would simply measure the width and height of the
opening and take a picture of it with a digital camera.
Then I would use software to enlarge the photo so that the opening in
the photo was the same size as I had measured.
Now, print the picture. Most printing companies have large format
printers that will allow you to print onto paper much larger than legal
Mark the opening on the large format print and cut it out. The cut out
is the correct size and shape of the opening you have to work with, and
can serve as a template by which to make the door.
You'd still have to do some carving into the tree or around the door to
improve the fit, but using a digital photograph would at least give you
a good first stab at it.
But, your point is well taken. Where there is no regular geometry to
guide you, fitting a door to such a random opening would be largely a
trial-and-error exercise whereby you make a crude door and measure how
far out it is, and then make another, and gradually zero in on the
correct size and shape.
The problem is that as soon as you start pressing the cardboard against
the tree to make a door template, that cardboard won't be vertical
anymore but will rest againste the tree at the same angle as the base of
the tree. And the resulting profile will be different than what you'd
need for a vertical door to fit the same opening.
Maybe the elves just hire wood nymphs to do their carpentry.
I don't think elves use professional methods. They live a communal
life where each helps the others. Also no use of power tools,
because large humans kept tripping on the extension cords and
accidentally ripping them out.
I'm with micky-- The whole idea of 'all elves are master craftsmen' is
off base. They have more important things to do than to make
perfect corners and tight fits. After all, before the door, there
was *no* door there.
And next week the tree will change its shape. Better to concentrate
on bringing whimsy to the world than to obsess over things being
Neat article-- I was sure it was going to end with an arrest.
You mean it's one of those make work jobs programs from the EGC, Elf
Governing Council? Lazy unskilled elves are being put to work doing jobs
they're unqualified for? Well I suppose San Francisco elves tend to be
the most Liberal of all and an EGC Un-magical Action program to put the
stupid slacker elves to work is no surprise. o_O
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