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Hello all. I hope that I am posting in the appropriate section. I was very impressed by the warm welcome that I received recently and was encouraged to ask questions if necessary. Well, I am here to ask.

I posted a photo in the "New Member Introductions" sub-forum of an acoustic panel that I wish to construct. I also mentioned that I purchased a Craftsman router thinking that it would be the right tool for the job.

For the most part the panels will measure 48" x 24" x 3" or 6" deep.

Now this is my thinking:

I thought that I would perhaps create a template based on the oval cutout seen on the 24" panel (top + bottom of panel) I could then use said template to make the slats on the side planks which are 48" in length.

I do not know how I am going to create this template (wood / plexiglass). And. if I did, how would I fasten it to the individual panels so that I might use my router to make the clean / straight cutouts. Would I clamp it down flat against the planks to be cut? I could also choose to go with the other option where circular holes were made in the planks but then I suppose that I would need a drill press to do this properly. Which I do not possess. I am also not that fond of the look. In the event that I keep the wood exposed.

I would also like to know what bit I would use if the router is what I end up using. I will attach a photo here as well.

I hope that I am making some sense! I really appreciate all the help that I can get. Peter
Peter, where on earth did you get such designs from? Having spent many years in the audio industry I'm intrigued with what they would be used for and what they would sound like.

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Peter, where on earth did you get such designs from? Having spent many years in the audio industry I'm intrigued with what they would be used for and what they would sound like.
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Peter, where on earth did you get such designs from? Having spent many years in the audio industry I'm intrigued with what they would be used for and what they would sound like.
Hello @harrysin . If you are referring to the designs that wee see in the PDF file that I provided in one of my earlier posts then those were made by son-in-law who is a real pro when it comes to using a CAD program called Solidworks.

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Hi Peter,

You are close to the new Lee Valley and Normand stores. I know the area. I would enjoy meeting you and the cup of joe. Friday I will be having surgery, so I think we will meet some time in the new Year. If you are on Facebook, there is the Marketplace site and plenty of used tools, if not Kijjiji is also a good source. If you contact me about a tool I will get back to you. You can private message through the Forum.
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Peter,
I looked at your tool list and have the following comments;
Use Robertson screws whenever possible, better torque than Philips.
Don't use window screen to cover your panels, use fabric or speaker fabric, both at Fabricville and affordable.
Don't glue the fabric, in time it will fail, staples are the better option, in 3/4 MDF you will need to hammer them in for they usually don't go in all the way.
The design shows only 3'' deep, not enough, the soundproofing must fit only snugly not tight to be effective, it is made to fit a 2 x 4 which is actually 3 1/2'' deep, so go to that or even 4''.
You should screw into the studs, not drywall anchors, these boxes will be slightly heavy. You could also use the French cleat system you were considering.
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Hello @MEBCWD Thank you for your input

Peter do you have any handsaws? I'm trying to figure out how you plan on cutting the panels to size.

I am not sure if you referring to how I plan on reducing the 4'x8' MDF sheet down to size. If so, I am going to have the folks at Home Depot cut down the sheet into lengths of 8' and widths of both 3" and 6"

The only tools that I have access to at the moment are: My Craftsman 200 router, small Craftsman router table, circular saw, Jigsaw and electric miter saw (the last two I would borrow from a friend)

As someone had suggested in an earlier post I could use a jigsaw to cutout most of the material then finish it off with a trim bit. I think that I am going to give that a go. I believe that a 24" x 6" template is still something that I will have to figure out in order to make the remaining slats. That seems to be the first logical step but of course I could be wrong.
Peter letting Home Depo or any other place cut you lumber is a big gamble. I have yet to see a cut they made for me be accurate. Now the cuts they make for me is made just to break the sheets of ply down where I can handle them. I am too old to handle full sheets of ply.
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Hi Peter,

You are close to the new Lee Valley and Normand stores. I know the area. I would enjoy meeting you and the cup of joe. Friday I will be having surgery, so I think we will meet some time in the new Year. If you are on Facebook, there is the Marketplace site and plenty of used tools, if not Kijjiji is also a good source. If you contact me about a tool I will get back to you. You can private message through the Forum.
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Dan, I was not aware you were so nice. Just kidding but woodworkers are always helping others out.
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Peter letting Home Depo or any other place cut you lumber is a big gamble. I have yet to see a cut they made for me be accurate. Now the cuts they make for me is made just to break the sheets of ply down where I can handle them. I am too old to handle full sheets of ply.
the blade in the saw is usually the one the saw came w/....

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Hi Peter,

You are close to the new Lee Valley and Normand stores. I know the area. I would enjoy meeting you and the cup of joe. Friday I will be having surgery, so I think we will meet some time in the new Year. If you are on Facebook, there is the Marketplace site and plenty of used tools, if not Kijjiji is also a good source. If you contact me about a tool I will get back to you. You can private message through the Forum.
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Hello Dan. No, actually I am 5 minutes away from this center:

https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Sma...=en&authuser=0

I frequent Facebook Marketplace (is there a group that deals specifically with tools and/ or woodworking) and Kijiji regularly.

Thanks for the "Cup of Joe" offer. Duly noted! Best of luck with the surgical procedure and wish you a speedy and pain free recovery. Peter
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the blade in the saw is usually the one the saw cam w/....
So, if I understand correctly, what you are saying is that it is very likely that the blade may have been there for years? If so, that certainly can't be good!

Just for chuckles I am going to ask whoever is manning the cut room how often the blade is changed. First, I'll ask how long he has been working the cut room. That should be interesting.

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