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I am new to the forum and would like some advice please, I work in a guitar shop and we want to start to make our own Guitar Pickguards.
What is the best material for templates ? I know MDF is very popular for one - off items, but the templates will be used multiple times.
Is Acrylic or Polycarbonate good for a template ? and have them CNC cut so 100% accurate.
Appreciate any advice.
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acrylic is nick sensitive and will crack/break...
polycarbonate is good...
Baltic Birch is another good one and it is repairable...

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I usually use 9mm MDF and cover with Laminex as shown. The second template was made from a Laminex covered kitchen door recovered from a roadside skip together with many more. Off-cuts of Laminex can usually be obtained FREE from the skips behind Kitchen/bathroom workshops, with permission of course!
Even with my much used templates the inside edge of the templates has never given me any problems, but iron on edging strip can be used.
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Welcome to the forum, Mark! When you get a minute go ahead and complete your profile with first name and location - this helps us to help you and will virtually eliminate being called N/a...

While I'm not in a guitar shop, I do work on guitars and have started building acoustic guitars, and I use MDF for most of mine. But I'm sure your volume of work far exceeds mine. Like Stick said, Baltic Birch is repairable and makes good templates. That will probably hold up longer than MDF. You can take it a step further and do what Harry said about covering them. I do seal my MDF templates with a couple of coats of Nitrocellulose sanding sealer and this seems to help them over time.

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Hi everyone ! Thanks so much for the advice, I think Polycarbonate is the way to go and get the templates CNC cut from my PDF files..
I am totally new to routing, never done any woodwork but looking forward to starting.
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Hi everyone ! Thanks so much for the advice, I think Polycarbonate is the way to go and get the templates CNC cut from my PDF files..
I am totally new to routing, never done any woodwork but looking forward to starting.
If I was going to use it a lot I would make it out of aluminum.

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If I was going to use it a lot I would make it out of aluminum.

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What everyone else is calling templates, I call masters. I make a perfect one out of 1/2" plywood, glue that to another piece of plywood, rout that, and end up with a perfect 1" thick master. I happen to like plywood, and hate MDF.
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