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Hi. Im trying to cut 18mm hardwood using a template which has curved random edges. I'm using a Dewalt Hand router and cheaper hand router.

I'm using a flushtrim cutter bit. The wood has been band saw cut to with in 2mm from line of cut.

The problem i'm having is, I press the bottom plate of the hand router as flat as I can on the template as i'm cutting, but occasionally (particularly on thinner part where the template doesn't give much area for the router base to sit on) the whole router 'rocks' and causes the cutter to make indents into the road of travel.

The dewalt is at least a bit better as it has a larger flat edged base. The cheaper one has a round base which is easy to rock out of upright position. but nether of them is ideal.

I find the hand routers easier to handle, but would a table router be a better idea?

Thanks in advance for any advise.
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A larger router base would help. They make some that are kind of tear drop shaped with a handle attached to the narrow end and the router attached to the larger round end. Keeping the end with the handle toward the center of your template as you make the cut and holding it down by this handle will keep the router from tipping.

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A router table would definitely help your problem of the router rocking on the edge. A larger base will help too, like Charley said.
You can find something that's the same thickness as the template plus the workpiece and lay it on the workbench in such a manner as to support the outside of the router base. That's a quick and dirty solution. Of course you'll need to raise everything off the bench enough to keep the bit from cutting into the table. But you'll get better at holding it straight with practice, anyway, which is probably not what you want to hear right now.
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OK, here's what I was trying to put into words in my last post. It won't require you to buy a router table or even a new base. (But I wouldn't want to deprive you of the excuse for a new tool.) Get a piece of foam board or something thick enough to keep your router bit off the workbench. The rest can be scraps you already have.
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Thank you for your ideas chaps.

I think a basic router table is on the cards.

That's good alternative Donkeyhody. Thank you for the diagram.

Other problem is I use small g-clamps (to hold template to timber), so have to keep moving them as I go round job.
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Thank you for your ideas chaps.

I think a basic router table is on the cards.

That's good alternative Donkeyhody. Thank you for the diagram.

Other problem is I use small g-clamps (to hold template to timber), so have to keep moving them as I go round job.
on the clamps, use a thin double backed tape, you will not be moving the position of the template and will make a continuous cut, it will improve your experience greatly. Also if you use a router table to template route you will most likely have to use the DB tape.

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I have used an offset base with great results. I would not let anyone take my router tables away. Hot glue will also work for holding templates.

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on the clamps, use a thin double backed tape, you will not be moving the position of the template and will make a continuous cut, it will improve your experience greatly. Also if you use a router table to template route you will most likely have to use the DB tape.

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Definately get some double-sided tape. It'll just simplify your life.
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Definately get some double-sided tape. It'll just simplify your life.

Will it stick to MDF without making a mark on it after its taken off?
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Will it stick to MDF without making a mark on it after its taken off?
No it will not make a mark on MDF when you take it off. Please get a router table, it is one of the best tools in my shop.
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