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    Cool Templates 101

    'A good template gives good results, a great template gives great results'...

    Templates are your best friend, the end result rests on the accuracy of your templates.

    To date, I have used plywood for my templates but now I use MDF.

    I draw my design directly on the board, having established centrelines etc..
    Then drill holes for jigsaw access and then cut the pup, control cavities first.
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    A better pic...

    Next job is to tidy it up...
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    nice one DB, your template collection has grown from my weekend visit from the last visit.
    More templates you have made less chance of having to make a new one !
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    nice DB, how to you finish up the the edges? Files? MDF can fray a bit. CA glue afterwards perhaps, but what is the process before that?

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    Ok, here it is with cavity routs cleaned up on the bobbin sander.

    Next step is to supa goo the edgdes before final cleanup..
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    Great DB - thanks so much for this thread. Supergooing the edges is a genius move! Currently I am in the position that I have never made a template that hasn't been ruined the first time i got the router on to it. I'm learning very slowly. Any pointers on using your templates without stuffing them with the router would be greatly appreciated .

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    @ Gav easy bro, just make sure all the edges of the templates have been super glued, make sure 100% of the bearing on the router bit is in contact with the edge of the template.
    Worth checking regularly too. I've seen a body blank ruined because the clamp on the router height adjustment wasn't tight and the router tore a big chunk out of the blank
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    Quote Originally Posted by wokkaboy View Post
    @ Gav easy bro, just make sure all the edges of the templates have been super glued, make sure 100% of the bearing on the router bit is in contact with the edge of the template.
    Worth checking regularly too. I've seen a body blank ruined because the clamp on the router height adjustment wasn't tight and the router tore a big chunk out of the blank
    Yep. Guilty of that one too, Woks..

    There are still a few things to do yet.
    Clamp to body that was pre shaped by hand.
    Rout outside profile.
    Make a copy, with neck heel shape.
    Supagoo this template...

    These guys are my master templates, I will have copies for use in the Man Cave..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dingobass View Post
    To date, I have used plywood for my templates but now I use MDF.
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    Is this because the MDF gives a better edge finish than the ply? what thickness of MDF, 1/2" or thinner?

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    Hey Franken, main reason is MDF once sealed is far more stable than ply.

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