I’ve made a few of these coat racks in the past using a band saw and not really enjoyed the process much. Recently I read about flush trim template bits and thought I could use that method to make it much easier. I got a ¼” and ½” flush trim bit with bearings on the bottom and used the plans to make templates out of ¼” mdf. I rough cut it out on the band saw and had a try at it with no luck. I started with the antlers figuring they would be the most likely to cause problems and I was right. There doesn’t seem to be any good way to come at them and I was getting a lot of nasty kick back and Im sure if I had gotten far enough into it, once the tines were cut out I’d be snapping those off too. Is a router table just a bad method for doing this? Should I be coming at it from the top with the plunge base and bushing? It seems like that would be safer because the part would be out of my hands. But my templates don’t account for the offset a bushing creates, and since my templates are made from the plans, I would have to re-draw the plans myself a little smaller for that, and I’m not very good at that. Any ideas on the best way to go about this? Also I’ve included a picture of a slingshot template I made but now I’m weary of trying this for the same reasons.
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