How do you use a router template?

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by blufive, Feb 9, 2006.

  1. blufive

    blufive Sr Member

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    I recently bought an Xshop and router because I purchased some router templates that will help me with my prop work.

    I'm just not sure how to use the templates. It seems like you'd cut into the template as you're routing the pieces.

    I've tried looking on the internet but the sites are geared towards selling books instead.

    :confused

    Any help you could provide would be appreciated.
     
  2. corranhornjje

    corranhornjje Well-Known Member

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    Typically you use a collar around the shaft of the router bit. It's like a l bearing that prevents you from burning into your templates while at the same time cutting the material you desire.

    http://www.patwarner.com/collarguide.html
     
  3. clonesix

    clonesix Sr Member

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    I am not sure what type of template you have, but there are two methods: 1) the collar, as described above, and 2) The roller bearing bit. The roller-bearing rides against the template and does not cut it. The cutter cuts the wood to the exact shape of the template.
     
  4. blufive

    blufive Sr Member

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    I'm using a straight bit so a collar probably wouldn't work. Would I need to change to another type of bit?
     
  5. R2D2_GUY

    R2D2_GUY New Member

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    Yes like these.

    http://www.rockler.com/CategoryView.cfm?Cat_ID=285

    Some bearings are on the shaft side some are on the opposite side. It depends on if your pattern is on the top or bottom of your finished piece.

    Before you use the pattern, put the pattern on your work piece and draw the outline. Then use a saw and trim your work piece within about 1/8" outside that line, then use the pattern cutting bit.

    Mike Senna
     
  6. Skaught

    Skaught Sr Member

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    Tip: you know that game people play, where they try to catch a ceiling fan blade with their fingers to stop it? Don't do that with a router.

    Scott
     
  7. blufive

    blufive Sr Member

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    Thanks for the advice, fellas. It looks like it's back to Lowe's for me.

    :D
     
  8. R2D2_GUY

    R2D2_GUY New Member

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    So that's it? It's going to take me forever to reach 20 posts if you don't ask a bunch of questions.

    Mike Senna
     

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