Any plans out there for a router keyhole jig?

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Forum topic by kanihoncho posted 03-13-2011 07:13 PM 8468 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-13-2011 07:13 PM

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I am thinking about getting a keyhole router bit. Does anyone have a jig for it’s use? I’ll be searching the web. I prefer to build over buy if possible. Many thanks.

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#1 posted 03-13-2011 07:24 PM

Mine is just a piece of 1/4 HB with a slot cut in the center. I have an adjustable fence on one side that registers it to the side. Nothing fancy but it works great. I’d take a picture but I have no idea where it is at the moment. I haven’t seen it in a long time. :(

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#2 posted 03-16-2011 04:54 AM

Here’s one for $2

If you look real close, you can probably figure it out.

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 01:45 PM

Go here. Scroll down on the menu at the left side of the page. Look in the section labeled “Shop Tips” for “Routing Keyhole Slots”. It give a quick and easy way to make a jig.


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#4 posted 03-16-2011 01:57 PM

I use key hole slot all the time and don’t use a jig. I pre drill a slightly larger hole than the keyhole bit and then just free hand the cut. Depending on what I’m doing I sometimes need to make a reference line on the work piece so I know when to stop. The bit can wander a little if you’re not careful, so take your time and just hold the router firmly. A lot of the things that I’m routing are curved which can make it more difficult to make a jig.

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#5 posted 03-16-2011 03:02 PM

William showed you a good one. I made one very similar for a trim router and it works great.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#6 posted 03-16-2011 03:16 PM

My “jig” is a single piece of wood that I clamp to the side of where the router will set. It’s only purpose is to help me cut a straight line. It’s probably not necessary, but it makes me feel a little more secure.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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