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10-21-2016 01:17 PM

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I have some special ceramic plates I want to mount to a plaque, My drawing ability is sorely lacking and I was wondering if there is a source for templates for plaques. Thanks Walt

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#1 posted 10-21-2016 01:57 PM


A couple of ideas for router templates are to make your own or buy a frame and panel door router template set.

Your local office supply stores may carry a set of French curves. If not, French curves are available on-line. Searching French curves will reveal a number of sources. French curves are drawing aids and not suitable as a router template. The French curve or combination of curves of your liking could be used to draw the curve you like on ¾” MDF. The curve can be roughed out at the band saw and smoothed with some sanding. A spindle sander would work well but since I do not have a spindle sander, I chuck up a sanding drum in the drill press. But hand sander would also work, it just takes longer.

There are ready to use router templates for making raised panel doors. These are pricey and the shapes are limited, but you may find a set of templates that are a good look for a plaque. These are available at many woodworking stores. Here is the link to Infinity’s web site.

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#2 posted 10-21-2016 11:01 PM

JBrow what I am interested in is a paper or wood template to make a plaque. I have French curves but all my attempts so far have been horrible . I will soon breakdown and trace my son in laws mounted deer rack.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#3 posted 10-22-2016 03:06 AM

Give this a try. If I wanted to enlarge one of those pictures and print it out into a full sized template I’d use Matthias Wandel’s Big Print program.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#4 posted 10-22-2016 03:23 PM

When printing templates, I like twenty-four pound paper. My point five and smaller pencils follow them great.

In the old days, for my glass etching patterns, I had to tape down carbon paper, then put my chosen picture over that and tape it, then follow the lines.

As an alternative, I use one of my projectors or work off my many curves, straight edges, protractors, compasses and so forth to lay out a pattern. Then, for wood, I cut to about a sixteenth of the line before going over to the spindle sander or whatever sander is appropriate to get to the line.

When doing large items, I found I got better results making long, sweeping cuts, wherever possible. Otherwise I got choppy lines that should have flowed smoother.

I bought a carver a while back and found I could use my brass letter templates with it. I just put the word or name together, then set it on eight inch spacers. This gives the stylus enough bite I don’t have to worry about jumping out of a letter.

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#5 posted 10-22-2016 08:24 PM

Not sure how big your plates are but if have a band saw with circle cutting jig could make some nice plaques. Couple ways to go see the wood or don’t see the wood. Not seeing the wood simplest method but mounting more of a challenge. If want to see wood might need to route out a space mounting also a challenge. Or make two piece plaque in which case need a router and easy to mount & remove the plates.

Good luck with it!

-- Bill

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#6 posted 10-22-2016 08:36 PM

Maybe explain what you are looking for a little better… like why you feel the need to hand draw the template, how you will be using it (for carving, routing, cutting, ???), what shape you want and what size?

For most, it would be fairly trivial to whip up one in a graphic program like Gimp, Inkscape, Photoshop, etc… Or you can find what you are looking for online and use the photo to generate the template. A quick google search for plaque templates turns up a ton of designs.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#7 posted 10-22-2016 08:57 PM

I don’t want to draw anything I was looking for a source for already established plaque shapes to trace onto wood . Then route decrotive edging. The plates I have are ceramic 7/16 thick and 7 inches in diameter I will try the Google search thanks

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#8 posted 10-22-2016 10:27 PM

Thanks for Google search info. I found exactly what I was looking for and it is free

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#9 posted 10-22-2016 10:28 PM

I you want a typical shaped plaque to copy from,you can find all shapes and sizes at your local Walmart in arts & craft section,they are not expensive ,even my local dollar store sells these smaller plaques.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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