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Forum topic by Peter5 posted 03-23-2012 06:44 PM 1058 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Peter5

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03-23-2012 06:44 PM

I trace a lot of templates with my router as I’m sure most of you do as well. I generally use double-sided tape to affix the template to the work, and this works fine, but is a bit slow since I have to change the tape fairly often, and the tape is not cheap.

Recently I heard John Nyquist speak and I asked him how he does it, and he said that he puts tiny little pins or needles in his templates, so that the template pokes tiny divots in the work and grabs it securely. I asked him if it creates extra sanding to remove the divots and he said they are so small that no one would ever notice them. This seems like an incredible method, but does anyone know where to get these pins/needles, and how to press them into the template?

-- Pete, Long Beach, CA http://www.petedeeblefurniture.com


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cblak

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#1 posted 03-23-2012 09:47 PM

I also use this method on occasion. No fancy pins. Just use a 5/8 ” 23 gauge “headless pin nail” in your nail gun.(of course you have to have a 23 gauge nail gun) You will have to use a spacer so that you leave the nail proud of your template. I use a piece of 1/4” scrap. Just put the tip of your gun on the scrap so that the nail will clear and shoot it in. Clip the head off with a pair of nippers, leaving the nail just proud of your template. That gauge nail should not leave any visible marks provided you don’t SLIDE your workpiece around on the nails!

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 09:55 PM

Um, ah, same idea only using brads and a hammer. I guess that would work?
MIKE

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 10:54 PM

The problems i found with using the “hammer and nail” method, is the size of the nail. The 23 gauge is essentially a thin piece of wire and leaves virtually no marks in your work piece. By all means, i’m not saying that brads wont work, i’m just a fan of the headless nails.

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#4 posted 03-24-2012 01:03 PM

Well I’m just picking on you guys who have to use powered tools for everything :) If just the points of the brads stick through, the pyramid sharp points thats a pretty small divit.
All in fun.
MIKE

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#5 posted 03-25-2012 03:25 AM

No hard feelings MIKE! We all do things a little differently. Im actually a hand tool man myself. Don’t go out and buy any special tools Peter5. If you already own a nailer give it a try, if not well than break out a rock and bang something in. LOL

-- Ten seconds of patience, Ten years of peace.

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