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Glen Peterson

508 posts in 1652 days


#1 posted 1594 days ago

Hi Tom,
I’ve read several of your posts and I’ve enjoyed them. I built lots of frames many years ago and as you suggest I routed the profiles into the stock on the router table and then used a table saw jig to miter the corners of the frame material. Of course I also use router templates, but that’s typically to put curves into parts in furniture projects.

Are you looking for feedback? If not, please excuse me. I’m an educator and in some ways I consider myself an “academic woodworker,” since I read as much about woodworking as I actually work with wood. I found your article a bit unclear at first and reread parts several times. For an American I feel I’m rather good with metric measurements, but using millimeters for wood is still a challenge for those of us using the imperial system. I believe that us Yanks have a feel for what 3 1/4” is, but 200mm, not a clue. I read lots of British mags and sites and if I’m serious I’ll pull out a metric ruler.

When you drew the pictures with the router bits there didn’t seem to be a guide to ride on the template but the text referred to the guide.

In the first line you write that 2 templates are required. The accompanying photo shows the jig holder and one template. I initially thought the jig holder was one of two templates. I was surprised when you later introduced the second identical template. The cross section photo near the start shows the jig holder and the two templates, but you hadn’t yet introduced the second template and as a result the photo wasn’t clear at first. Certainly my confusion, but it think it would have been clearer to write that you will need to build 2 templates and a jig holder. Perhaps if the drawings indicated the various parts they would have been clearer.

I haven’t tried your method yet, but I’ll look at your other articles and give it a shot.

-- Glen


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