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Project by DeLayne Peck posted 648 days ago 2394 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

LumberJocks, the Internet, magazines and books offer a treasure trove of woodworking tip and tricks. Many are useful, some are absolutely GOLDEN and merit repeating. I used one on a recent project.

After hours of searching on the Net, I couldn’t find an after-market sub-base to equip my compact DeWalt 611 to do light template and dado work. Forget why. Annoyed, I headed for the shop, golden shop tip in mind.

The tip? Any time you need a small template, photocopy the item. I removed the stock base, took the router to our printer/photocopier/sandwich-maker and made an instant template. The rest of the project was easy lay-out, marking with a punch, and drilling with a medley of Forster bits.

Tips about the tip? Make sure your copier is set at 100%, no more or less. Rub dark areas that don’t copy well with chalk. To avoid slipping, double-back tape your template or reinforce pinned areas with masking tape. Power strips? Tape up your template up, put screws right through it, and tear it off.

Useful in a lot of situations, huge timesaver, and on-the-money results.

Credits: Not me, wasn’t there, didn’t do it. I would stand in a long line to thank the person who thought of this.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#1 posted 648 days ago

Cool tip. Thanks for sharing.

-- There are some things that money can't buy - Manners, morals and integrity

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#2 posted 648 days ago

Great tip. Hadn’t thought of that.

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#3 posted 648 days ago

Great tip. Thanks.

-- russ from texas - garage shop weekend warrior

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#4 posted 648 days ago

A true slapping the forehead moment for sure !! Thank you : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 648 days ago

Many thanks DJPeck!

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#6 posted 648 days ago

Just going to be the first to say…your going to get a daily top 3 for this one sir. That is one of the most usefull tips I have heard in a while. Thank you!
- Jay

-- Jay - or

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#7 posted 648 days ago

(I thought that was obvious… apparently the old saying is true, or maybe I saw someone do that long ago as a Xerox time kid)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#8 posted 647 days ago

That’s one worth keeping. Very sound idea. Sometimes the best way is the simplest.
One question though. The power strip comment, what did you mean by;
“Power strips? Tape up your template up, put screws right through it, and tear it off.”
I can only assume you meant, mount the photocopy, mount the screws through the place the strip will hang,
remove the copy, and hang the strip on the mounting screws. Is that correct?

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#9 posted 647 days ago

Super ez tip. Thnx fer sharin it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 647 days ago

Thanks a bunch…Wish I would have thought of that.

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#11 posted 647 days ago

I like that and it’s simple too.
Thanks for the tip.

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DeLayne Peck

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#12 posted 647 days ago

Bradford, Mr. President, LOL, you are correct, sir. I like the fact that I have a easy-make, sacrificial template to mutilate. No marking necessary. I can position it, nail, screw, drill, and saw through the template.

Sodabowski, “The Obvious” is the elusive enemy in every woodshop. We have all had someone walk up and humiliate us with one of those, “Well, why don’t you just” obvious solutions.

I am a life-long, avid, hobbyist woodworker. I live next-door to a salty professional woodworker who has built phenomal things for over 30 years. I get “The Obvious” painfully shoved in my ass about 3 times a week.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#13 posted 647 days ago

Been doing that for my router since day one. I read about it a longtime ago, but always good to share it with others.

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#14 posted 619 days ago

That is how printed circuits are born…...

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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