Small Precise Project, Golden Shop Tip...

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Project by DeLayne Peck posted 09-29-2012 08:27 PM 2634 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 09-29-2012 08:31 PM

Cool tip. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 09-29-2012 08:42 PM

Great tip. Hadn’t thought of that.

-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.

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#3 posted 09-29-2012 09:25 PM

Great tip. Thanks.

-- russ from texas - garage shop weekend warrior

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#4 posted 09-29-2012 10:35 PM

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 09-30-2012 12:44 AM

Many thanks DJPeck!

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#6 posted 09-30-2012 01:57 AM

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 09-30-2012 07:39 AM

(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 09-30-2012 01:22 PM

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 09-30-2012 01:23 PM

Super ez tip. Thnx fer sharin it

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

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#10 posted 09-30-2012 01:28 PM

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

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#11 posted 09-30-2012 01:36 PM

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

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DeLayne Peck

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#12 posted 09-30-2012 04:46 PM

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 09-30-2012 07:24 PM

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 10-29-2012 01:31 AM

That is how printed circuits are born…...

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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