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Forum topic by Peticolas posted 05-26-2014 08:50 PM 777 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-26-2014 08:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: template routing tools jig question

I do a lot of template routing. I use template bits with a guide bearing when I want a through cut, and template guides on my router base when I do not want a through cut. Now, I have some detailed mdf templates that I want to use to route 1/8” wide by 1/8” deep patterns into solid wood. I would think a template guide for a dremel like the ones I use for my Bosch router would work, but I can’t find anything like that. Any ideas on how to accomplish this. I’m open to acquiring a different tool. Thanks for any ideas.


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#1 posted 05-26-2014 09:14 PM

Although it sounds like you have the patterns made, I would personally use an 1/8” spiral bit with a collar on your router base. The smallest I found with a guide bearing is 3/16”. If that is your preferred technique look here. (not the same bit that I pictured.

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#2 posted 05-26-2014 10:46 PM

Thanks. That may be the best answer. With a 5/16ths OD collar, the bit is 3/32nds off the pattern. For some of these irregular shapes I’m routing, that would work fine. For others, I would have to scale them up some (not a big deal … it’s cut on CNC). It’s just that if I could find a solution that kept the bit closer to the pattern, I would not have to look at each of these shapes individually.

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#3 posted 05-27-2014 04:50 PM

In some cases you can think like a roto zip. Rather than a bearing the shaft rides against the pattern. Roto zip makes these bits for cutting S/R. I don’t know the specs, but I remember them being close to 1/8” with an 1/8” shaft. It would burn your mdf pattern, but if you get that cut off a cnc maybe that could be a solution for you?

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#4 posted 05-27-2014 06:47 PM

Thanks. That is a good idea. Actually Dremel makes a 1/8” straight router bit too. I know rotozip is a little heavier duty, but I’ll use my Dremel until it dies. Then I’ll buy a RotoZip. Thanks again!

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