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Forum topic by sparrowsedge posted 08-25-2015 02:24 PM 953 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2015 02:24 PM

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Help! I know this is probably stupid easy and I am just really overthinking it but I am having trouble creating a square hole template. I am making a picture frame from one solid piece of wood. I cut my 3.5×5.5 square for viewing the photo. I am wanting to create a template for routing the 4×6 inch edge on the back where the glass and photo will sit.i am using a 1/2 inch straight bit and the distance from my bit to the end of my router plate is 1 5/8 inches. Someone help. Every template I have made is too small or too big.

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#1 posted 08-25-2015 02:33 PM

I make the template the desired size and then use a pattern bit cut it in multiple passes of increasing depth. The biggest secret is to make sure that the pattern is high enough to allow the bit to make each pass. You will also need to make the template large enough for the router to ride on it safely. I use a home made offset base of clear plastic so I can clean out the center part.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 08-25-2015 11:14 PM

Once the hole is cut out, you can use a bearing guided rabbeting bit to cut the recess.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 08-26-2015 12:08 AM

1 5/8 + 1/2 = 2 1/8

A frame where the inside dimensions are 6 1/8 X 8 1/8 should produce a 4×6 rabbit.

I’m assuming your 1 5/8 is measured from the edge of the router bit to the edge of the base plate.

-- Nicky

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#4 posted 08-26-2015 12:19 AM

Once the hole is cut out, you can use a bearing guided rabbeting bit to cut the recess.

- pintodeluxe

Yep, That’s how I would do it.

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#5 posted 08-26-2015 12:04 PM

Try making a template with a hole 7 1/4”x 9 1/4” and see what you get. You will have to square up the edges by hand, but this should work, I think.

-- Brian Noel

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#6 posted 08-29-2015 05:18 AM

Yep, me too

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