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What do you find as the best way to attach a template to route a board using a flush trim bit when the board is kind of small? Double sided tape? I cant clamp it because of the size. Ill post a pic for an example of what im trying to route a duplicate of
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Hi Charlie.

Depending on how small, I would attach a template with double sided tape and use a router table with starting pin. Make the template also a holding jig.

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What do you find as the best way to attach a template to route a board using a flush trim bit when the board is kind of small? Double sided tape? I cant clamp it because of the size. Ill post a pic for an example of what im trying to route a duplicate of
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Hi Charlie - My preferences, in order, 23 guage pin nails, double face carpet tape or hot melt glue. Actually I think the hot melt works really well, I just don't like fooling with the glue gun.

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I will 2nd the Pin Mail way,tape sucks and hot glue it will let the part move just a little bit ,,you can route the pin nail off if you need to and will not harm the router bit.. I do it all the time.

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the pin nail is kind of the consensus ive been getting from others as well. I will try it out. Thanks again
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I will 2nd the Pin Mail way,tape sucks and hot glue it will let the part move just a little bit ,,you can route the pin nail off if you need to and will not harm the router bit.. I do it all the time.

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Are you using special pins Bob? My father-in-law decided to trim a piece off a cabinet that had pins in it and destroyed a $100 Freud glue line rip blade I had on the saw at the time.
I should mention that my father-in-law should have been fitted with a shock collar at an early age that would go off whenever he got close to woodworking tools. I finally gave him my old Craftsman so that he would leave my other two alone. I gave him the Freud blade with it.

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No not that know about,about the same as the staples in a desk stapler,very small in diam.

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Are you using special pins Bob? My father-in-law decided to trim a piece off a cabinet that had pins in it and destroyed a $100 Freud glue line rip blade I had on the saw at the time.
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Are you using special pins Bob? My father-in-law decided to trim a piece off a cabinet that had pins in it and destroyed a $100 Freud glue line rip blade I had on the saw at the time.
I should mention that my father-in-law should have been fitted with a shock collar at an early age that would go off whenever he got close to woodworking tools. I finally gave him my old Craftsman so that he would leave my other two alone. I gave him the Freud blade with it.

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For something like that, the best way to hold it would be a vacuum chuck. With the chuck mounted on the bench, all you would need to do is place the part on the chuck and turn on the vacuum. When routing is complete, turn the vacuum off and then lift the part off. A small vacuum pump, either venturi type or motor driven, is sufficient to do the job if the vacuum chuck seals to the part well. You can make the vacuum chuck yourself from a piece of hardwood with a 1/4" perimeter band of closed cell foam sticky backed weather stripping. Put the weather stripping down in a circle, oval, square with rounded corners, etc or whatever shape is needed for the part being made. Then drill a hole in the center of the block and connect with a hose to the vacuum pump. I have also routed a groove and used "O" ring material to make a chuck seal. If you can pull a good vacuum on an area of about 3" X 3" you cannot move the part being held with any type of routing chore, but the part will lift off easily when the vacuum is released. The chuck holds the part above the bench and there are no clamps or obstructions to interfere with routing the whole perimeter of the part.

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Are you using special pins Bob? My father-in-law decided to trim a piece off a cabinet that had pins in it and destroyed a $100 Freud glue line rip blade I had on the saw at the time.
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Chuck - were talking the 23 guage pins, barely visible. I've walked right over them with small router bits. I can't imagine one of those taking out a glue line saw blade. 16 or 18 guage brads maybe.

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