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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
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drill guide for the round holes...
do not cut the slots w/ the router w/o hogging out the material w/ a jigsaw 1st...
use the router w/ a trim bit to dress the slot's sides...
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make the template from any wood sheet goods ya have... can the pliglas plan..
do you have access to a table saw???



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drill guide for the round holes...

Actually, I had my heart set on the panel with the cutout slots.

do not cut the slots w/ the router w/o hogging out the material w/ a jigsaw 1st...
use the router w/ a trim bit to dress the slot's sides...

make the template from any wood sheet goods ya have... can the pliglas plan..
do you have access to a table saw???

By the way, who makes that drill guide?
Something just occurred to me, my son-in-law has a drill press. I suppose that would do


Thanks so much for the info / advice @Stick486 . Unfortunately, I do not have a table saw.
Don't have a jigsaw either but can borrow one. Boy, I'm hitting a thousand am I not?

What would I use the table for? If necessary I can always look for something used.

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By the way, who makes that drill guide?

I do not have a table saw.
I would be looking for one...Promax
pass on the Ryobie... VOE.....

Don't have a jigsaw either but can borrow one. Boy, I'm hitting a thousand am I not?
put a Bosch on your Xmas list...

What would I use the table for?
cutting material...
easiest tool to make a template for those slots...

If necessary I can always look for something used.
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@Stick486 Thanks again. I don't even know if the Promax brand is sold in Canada. Is it somehow tied to the Bench Dog brand? All I come up with is cast iron router table when I do a Google search.

I contacted someone online earlier about a Skilsaw table saw. He was selling it for 95.00. When I asked him to provide me with a model number he went MIA.

There are plenty of used tables on Facebook marketplace within close proximity to where I live. I just don't enough about the hardware in general to make a proper decision.

Any recommendations (beside Promax) if I should go the used route?

Patience and some research I guess. Oh, and this forum of course!
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Peter,
I showed my son the 2 designs and he said the second one is too much work for the end result. You don't need the holes on the sides even if you choose the first design. The first one will be solid and much easier to build. If you need advice on a Marketplace find I would be happy to consult for free. So you don't need a drill guide or drill press for now. You could definitely use a table saw if you don't have one, unless you don't plan on any other woodworking projects. You could give a cutting list to wherever you buy your wood from and for a fee(usually $1/cut) they can give you what you need. If you don't have clamps for glue ups you can use screws (pre-drill pilot holes)
What area of Laval do you live in ? maybe we can get together to discuss your project.
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I showed my son the 2 designs and he said the second one is too much work for the end result. You don't need the holes on the sides even if you choose the first design. The first one will be solid and much easier to build.Cheers,
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So nice of you to get back to me. I wasn't really fond of the design that featured the holes (never a big fan of Swiss cheese
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If you need advice on a Marketplace find I would be happy to consult for free. So you don't need a drill guide or drill press for now. You could definitely use a table saw if you don't have one, unless you don't plan on any other woodworking projects.

If I can pick up a used table saw for a reasonable price I would do so. I am putting together a tools / supply list as we speak actually. I will attach it to this post.

You could give a cutting list to wherever you buy your wood from and for a fee(usually $1/cut) they can give you what you need.

I was planning on having the folks at either Reno Depot or Home Depot rip my MDF 4'x8' into 3" and 6" x 8' lengths. Easier to transport and work with once I get back home.

I was pleasantly surprised when a few minutes ago I received an email message from my son-in-law. In it, he attached a Solidworks plan for the acoustic panel. I will attach that as well. This fellow is so talented. Oh, and what a guitarist!

If you don't have clamps for glue ups you can use screws (pre-drill pilot holes)
I may pick up a few clamps.

What area of Laval do you live in ? maybe we can get together to discuss your project.

I live in close proximity to the large hospital which is located on Boulevard René-Laennec, Laval, QC H7M 3L9. Actually, we're not that far from the mall Le Carrefour Laval. If you're ever in the area we could together for a cup of Joe. It would certainly be a pleasure.
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Here are some used table saw brands that I came across. Any recommendations. Certain makes / models I should stay away from like the plague?

Craftsman - Skilsaw - Delta - Rockwell

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Here are some used table saw brands that I came across. Any recommendations. Certain makes / models I should stay away from like the plague?

Craftsman - Skilsaw - Delta - Rockwell
Craftsman - NO... support and parts are a serious problem...

Skilsaw - leaves a lot to be desired..

Delta/Rockwell - need model numbers..

Bosch 4100 - you can't go wrong...
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