LumberJocks

Pattern routing

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Maximillian posted 06-12-2009 01:35 AM 682 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Maximillian's profile

Maximillian

84 posts in 2745 days


06-12-2009 01:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig question router

Hi Team
I am about to embark on making a router table and have plenty of plans from which to get ideas. I intend to use an insert plate. I have two questions of you:
1. Are there any recommendations for make and model of plate. Metal vs plastic vs phenolic?
2. To cut the hole and the recess for the plate in the top all of the plans I have suggest using a router pattern / template to finish the job after I have roughed out the hole. That’s good advice. However, as a neophyte, How do I make the template so that it matches the plate I end up with? Nowhere can I find instructions on how to make pattern templates. In effect what I will be doing is cutting a radiused corner rectangle in a piece of plywood. But how do you make sure that it is exactly the right size and the edges are smooth for the pattern bit to follow? It seems to me that you need another pattern to make the pattern, which becomes a circular argument.

I hope I don’t sound too dumb!

-- Max, New Zealand


4 replies so far

View sIKE's profile

sIKE

1271 posts in 3218 days


#1 posted 06-12-2009 01:50 AM

I did this reciently and just used some 3/4” mdf to layout the opening. It didn’t work at well as I had hoped. I recomend that you pick a plate from a manfacture that has a pre-made tempalte for the plate that you purchase. As for material if you can afford it go with the aluminum plates, the ones with the rings that snap in are very nice.

Heres my table with a good shot of the plate.
Click for details

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

View Maximillian's profile

Maximillian

84 posts in 2745 days


#2 posted 06-12-2009 02:01 AM

Thanks friend. Does the Jessem plate you used come with the pre-made template?

-- Max, New Zealand

View sIKE's profile

sIKE

1271 posts in 3218 days


#3 posted 06-12-2009 02:07 AM

Yes it does and the nice thing is that it is a standard size for all of there products. So you can buy the phenolic plate and make a hole with the template, then replace that top with a new top and a lift the next time and use the same template.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

View Maximillian's profile

Maximillian

84 posts in 2745 days


#4 posted 06-12-2009 02:18 AM

Looks like the go, then. Unfortunately Amazon, which has the best price won’t ship it to New Zealand because of “Warranty restrictions”. I’ll have to see if I can find it at another on-line retailer.
The patter is a good idea.
Doesn’t solve my future problem of how to make patterns, though. Ah well, that’s another day. Maybe by the time I have made all of the accesories I need (router table, table saw sled, drill press table, workbench) I might be thoroughly sick of this woodworking lark!

-- Max, New Zealand

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com