help making template and hole for router plate

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Forum topic by juicegoose posted 11-06-2010 07:58 PM 1186 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2010 07:58 PM

okay I’ve been reading all morning on ways to make a templates for router inserts and have completely confused myself and could use some help.

I have gotten to part where I placed some 3/4” ply around the templete and used business cards on two sides to give a little play room. That is about as far as I’ve gotten. I’ve got some bushings and some bottom bearing pattern bits also a rabbiting bit but no top bearing pattern bit. What do I need to do next should I make the templete smaller or larger and cut out the center? I’m freakin confused as hell.

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#1 posted 11-06-2010 10:08 PM

There are a bunch of ways to go about doing this. When I made mine, I essentially followed the technique DaveR described for the outside cut, calculating the offset of the guide bushing and the bit I wanted to use (a bit having the same radius as the corners of the plate). My “template” was just four pieces of MDF clamped in position to form a rectangle of the appropriate size (plate size + offset). Once the outside perimeter and the width of the rabbet is established, the through cut can be made with either a jig saw or by increasing the offset with slip-on bushing sleeves.

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