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Default How to route a 1/4" x 1/4" groove in this base.

Hello all, I haven't been around here in a while and I hope that's not held against me.

I am trying to help out a basket maker by making my own version of this:

(example 1 & 2

I have my version of the center section:
C2 & C3

I am stumped as to how to make the groove. I routed the ends of the bases with my Jasper circle jig but a hole to cut a smaller diameter half circle is covered up by the router base. Is there a way to do this with a template and if that's a solution, what router bit would I need. I just obtain router bits as I go along and need them so I probably don't have the right bit. Thank You for any suggestion and nice to be back here.

edit: I found a solution, very simple and there was no need for me to panic....took a Dremel tool to the router base and made a flat where I could drill the jig's pivot point...all set.
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hello Dave
glad you figured it out!
but now tell what it is or used for?
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Hi John,
Well, if I understood correctly, the top arms hold two wine glasses and two bottles of wine sit on the base. The holes in the base are for the weaving material and a basket gets woven on to it that is about the same height as the glass holders. I was shown an example and they look pretty good when finished.

edit: Say John, the groove arcs would be routed CCW correct? And then I'll just rig up a fence to connect the two half circles I guess.

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It will make no difference which way you route on a inside groove like that,one side is always against the grain just use sharp bits and shallow cuts.
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Something like that could easily be done with a template and a straight bit.
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Hi guys, Thank You both. @mgmine Even easier if I knew how..... Anyway after modifying my router base I got the arcs on each end done and since I used the Jasper the groves mimic the outside edges as you'd expect and look So much better than the example pattern I was provided. I'm very pleased with the result. Now to join the grooves with a straight cut.....clamp a straight edge and route it but should I use that flat spot on the router base?

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Adot45,

I have the Jasper #400 jig, and use it with an old PC 690 and the base kit. When I've had issue with either base mounted on the body I elevate the template to accommodate the extra length of the pin. The pivot pin holes provided in the Jasper, (at least my jig) fit the pin very snugly, I've never had one wiggle free, most times I require pliers to remove the pin.

p.s. do the tiny holes have a function or are they for decoration only?

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Adot45,

I have the Jasper #400 jig, and use it with an old PC 690 and the base kit. When I've had issue with either base mounted on the body I elevate the template to accommodate the extra length of the pin. The pivot pin holes provided in the Jasper, (at least my jig) fit the pin very snugly, I've never had one wiggle free, most times I require pliers to remove the pin.

p.s. do the tiny holes have a function or are they for decoration only?
I wasn't using a template, just a pivot hole in the workpiece.

The holes in the base are for the strands of reeding or whatever it's called...the upright part of the basket weave.

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Here is one that's completed.
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Adot45,

Yeah I get stupid when trying to multitask and forgot basket and template in your initial post, no more multi tasking. My Jasper is about 4 yrs old, when the pin is flush to the top of the jig it protrudes 9/16 from the bottom, I was thinking maybe newer models were different. How thick is the base of the basket? Was the pivot hole a through hole? In the past I've plugged through holes with another species for contrast. I might also suggest an 8d bright that you can cut and file or grind to desired length for whatever depth you require.

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