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Forum topic by Vrtigo1 posted 10-25-2011 04:33 AM 3184 views 2 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-25-2011 04:33 AM

Hi All, I just purchased a bowl and tray bit and a collet extension for my router and am looking to make some trays like the ones I saw made on the woodsmith shop tv show and marc spagnuolo’s wood whisperer podcast to give as Christmas gifts. Marc used lexan templates from Eagle America, but $25 each seems kind of steep to me when I figure I can probably make my own out of 1/2” MDF.

My thought was to print out a pattern, stick it to the MDF with spray adhesive, rough cut it with the jigsaw/bandsaw and then finish it up at the OSS. At any rate, I was wondering if anyone knows where I could download any free templates that I could print out?

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#1 posted 10-25-2011 05:38 PM

You could draw a pattern in google sketchup. Circles and curves are no problem. I have made various templates, and even enlarging them on a photocopier works well.
Good luck

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

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#2 posted 10-25-2011 07:24 PM

I have made my own templates using 1/2” MDF. I have drawn a few and printed out some from the internet. I just googled what I was looking for and kept looking till I found something that would work.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#3 posted 10-25-2011 08:02 PM

I have used clipart off the web. You need to size it for your project is all. You can get the bat off of eagles site.

Its a half then flip but planned on doing it this weekend.

Have fun with it.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#4 posted 10-26-2011 02:58 AM

Thanks. I ended up drawing or attempting to draw a tray template using photoshop. Not the best drawing program but all I had available – I tried using SketchUp once and my head almost exploded, not ready to devote the time to learning it just yet.

Anyway, here is what I came up with, hopefully somebody will find this useful.

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#5 posted 11-29-2011 09:54 PM

Looks like you got er done .I’ll look forward to your post on your finished trays.

-- Custom furniture

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