|Forum topic by Absinthe||posted 02-20-2012 03:21 PM||5184 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
02-20-2012 03:21 PM
I have designed a router template in a graphics package. It is a mult-cut template in that it must be used multiple times to create the final product and thus uses an indexing pin in relation to one of the cuts. My concern is that this makes the accuracy of the original template of tantamount importance.
While I am typing this I think I may have come up with a better indexing scheme that will be easier to implement and won’t require such OCD perfection of the original cut.
However, forgetting that, how does one most accurately create a router template from something like hardboard, masonite, MDF, or plywood?
I assume I will rough cut out the internal void with coping saw, rotozip or jigsaw, leaving the lines plus some in place. Then I assume there is some degree of sanding, filing, dremeling etc.. that brings things into perfection, just leaving only the lines left, with smooth flowing lines throughout. Granted I can send the graphics out to be laser cut or CNC routed and so forth, but that defeats the purpose of doing it myself :)
So I guess the question is “What is the perfect tool/technique combination for making a very accurate router template that is not all straight lines (Or any straight lines for that matter)?”