Best material for templates - Router Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-29-2011, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Mark Mayo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Country: United States
First Name: Mark
Posts: 23
 
Default Best material for templates

What is your suggestions for material to make a template if a guide bushing is to be used? MDF?
Mark Mayo is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-29-2011, 09:06 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Keith
Posts: 4
 
Default

I like to use MDF or tempered hardboard (both sides smooth). They are slick and allow for good adhesion of double stick tape and allow the router to move easily.
radar57 is offline  
post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-29-2011, 10:01 PM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Country: United States
First Name: John
Posts: 3,046
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark Mayo View Post
What is your suggestions for material to make a template if a guide bushing is to be used? MDF?
Hi Mark - I'm with Keith on MDF or hardboard. For me it is usually MDF as it't difficult to get hardboard out here that is smooth both sides. If I'm making a template or jig that I expect to have awhile or if I'm buying I will try to go with Acrylic or polycarbonate for the durability.

John Schaben

The problem with experience is I usually get it immediately after I need it.
jschaben is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-30-2011, 09:08 AM
Honored Member
 
harrysin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Country: Australia
First Name: Harry
Posts: 14,403
     
Send a message via Skype™ to harrysin
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jschaben View Post
Hi Mark - I'm with Keith on MDF or hardboard. For me it is usually MDF as it't difficult to get hardboard out here that is smooth both sides. If I'm making a template or jig that I expect to have awhile or if I'm buying I will try to go with Acrylic or polycarbonate for the durability.
3/8" or 1/2" MDF is what I use most of the time.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	coin-tray8.jpg
Views:	872
Size:	28.7 KB
ID:	41110  

Click image for larger version

Name:	Copy of new-clock22.jpg
Views:	711
Size:	30.2 KB
ID:	41111  

Click image for larger version

Name:	ring-box22.jpg
Views:	704
Size:	36.1 KB
ID:	41112  


Harry



Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. - Plautus






harrysin is offline  
post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-30-2011, 10:49 AM
Registered User
 
Ralph Barker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Country: United States
First Name: Ralph
Posts: 2,001
 
Default

Another vote for 3/8" or 1/2" MDF. Where possible, it's good to "standardize" on one thickness, so guide bushings can be trimmed accordingly.

- Ralph
Ralph Barker is offline  
post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-30-2011, 11:06 AM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Country: United States
First Name: Bj
Posts: 23,786
       
Default

Hi

I use 1/4" and 1/2" MDF, most of my guides are 1/4" long on the stems but I do have some longer one also and that's when I use the 1/2" thick stuff..or the 3/4" thick stuff.
I like to use the pin nailer or the small nails to hold the template down to the stock.I just don't trust the tape most of the time, it likes to move just that little bit and it can lift the wood up when removing it sometimes..

========




"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"

Marc Sommerfeld Tools ,Videos
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-n...RWaEpMA/videos

Find all threads started by bobj3
http://www.routerforums.com/search.php?searchid=944097



Last edited by bobj3; 01-30-2011 at 11:09 AM.
bobj3 is offline  
post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-30-2011, 03:33 PM
Retired Moderator
 
BigJimAK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Country: United States
First Name: Jim
Posts: 3,503
     
Default

I use MDF, based on price.

I once had the hairbrained idea of picking up a 4'x8' sheet of 3/4", 1/2" and 1/4" UHMW plastic to cut from when I wanted some.

Then I called the plastics wholesaler...

First I asked him about a sheet of 3/4".. he said something like $21... which I thought was pretty good until I realized he was talking per square foot. That sheet was about $650 and all three would have been over $1,000. Needless to say I'm a big fan of MDF.

If you've got a local supplier who will give you their scrap or have a jig you're going to use a lot it'd be a good idea but if you want to use it exclusively, open your wallet!

Check out that new high-tech cordless router.. wireless and no recharging required!!
BigJimAK is offline  
post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-30-2011, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Mark Mayo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Country: United States
First Name: Mark
Posts: 23
 
Default

THANKS

I will use mdf from now on. I tried some Baltic birch I had left and with each pass it changed - no good. All worked out, but I do not want to see that again. I guess you have to make mistakes sometimes to know what NOT to do in the future. I have all of my fingers and I can see!

Last edited by Mark Mayo; 01-31-2011 at 11:32 AM.
Mark Mayo is offline  
post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-01-2011, 03:32 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Country: United States
First Name: N/a
Posts: 3
 
Default

I want to make an mdf template too and have a new question on putting a good edge on it. Is it possible to mount a small rotary sanding spindle to a variable speed router (mounted to a router table) and sand the template edge on the lowest rpm setting or is the router way too fast?
boxwood is offline  
post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-01-2011, 03:38 PM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Country: United States
First Name: Bj
Posts: 23,786
       
Default

Hi

Too fast

=======

Quote:
Originally Posted by boxwood View Post
I want to make an mdf template too and have a new question on putting a good edge on it. Is it possible to mount a small rotary sanding spindle to a variable speed router (mounted to a router table) and sand the template edge on the lowest rpm setting or is the router way too fast?



"It's fine to disagree with other members as long as you respect their opinions"

Marc Sommerfeld Tools ,Videos
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-n...RWaEpMA/videos

Find all threads started by bobj3
http://www.routerforums.com/search.php?searchid=944097


bobj3 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Router Table Top Material Yellow Hammer Jigs and Fixtures 100 08-26-2015 06:22 PM
template material mountain monkey Guide Bushings and Templates 37 01-05-2009 09:49 AM
Trouble initializing material.. or table? JCPowell CNC Routing 0 11-11-2008 09:30 AM
Table top material questions majn555 Table-mounted Routing 18 11-06-2008 10:49 AM
Table Top Material rh111 Table-mounted Routing 4 04-19-2005 04:35 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome