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What material do most folks use for tracing a shape?
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I'm not sure I understand the question. I use a pencil and paper, Sketchup and a laser printer, or a scanner and printer to copy/trace a shape.

Or do you mean something, like in your image, that serves as a template? In that case I usually use 1/4" or 1/2" mdf.

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I'm looking for a material the bearing runs along during a flush cut. The meterial that is taped-on top or bottom.

Sounds like MDF is what's used rather than Masonite.
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So far all I've ever used is mdf , works for me and it used to be fairly inexpensive, easy to sand imperfections , easy to make a template with .
I always use a dust mask regardless of what I'm cutting ,but mdf is the worse for producing a really fine dust IMO , so I suggest wearing a mask if your working with it .

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate

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Yep, for tracing pencil and paper.

For routing around, I use two layers of 1/2" plywood glued together. And I don't toss them, unless I make a revised version. I used MDF once, hated the dust.

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Hello
Are you asking what people are using to make temples,
First is it a one time use or are you planning to make dozens, nothing wrong with Masonite for making six or seven copies,I use 1/2" birch plywood if it something I want to keep forever,then there is long lasting acrylics
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I use carbon copy paper (purple sheets) for tracing a printed sketch from the puter, to a piece of wood.
Porelon Typewriter Carbon Paper Black 8 12 x 11 Pack Of 25 by Office Depot
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i use MDF, 1/4" to 1/2" thick depending on what project im working on/how deep i need to cut. i use 1" straight bits, with the bearing nearest the collar. i make templates big enough that the router plate has to rest on the template. with gun stocks, there isnt much material to keep the router square otherwise
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