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Is this something I can do with my router? I am making a small craft project (fishing boat) and would like to inset cabin.
 

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you certainly can...
 
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Or drill the four corners and use a coping saw. You didn't mention whether or not the deck has been attached already(?)...
 

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Use a Top mounted bearing on a mortising bit Make a small frame with inside dimensions the exact shape you want the recess. The bearing will ride on the frame as you plunge in into the workpiece. You will want to use a mortising bit because it routs a flat bottom. You use a very sharp chisel to square the corners. Here's a pix of a mortising bit.
 

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Here's how I did mine using template guides, but you can use a top mounted bearing bit as well if your template is thick enough.
Wouldn't you know it, I would have done it different. I'd have made a master (template), first in 1/2" plywood, with the holes all the way thru, then glue on a piece of 1/2" plywood to that, then route that using my master. Then to actually make the board, would drill pilot holes around the edge of my master, tack that to the piece of the board wood. Then rout the board piece out, thru holes and all. Pull them apart, then glue a second piece on to the bottom of the board piece, over the nail holes, hiding them. Then using the first board piece as a guide, rout just around the outside of it. Viola. A two piece, finished board. Then repeat as many times as need be. A great point is, you only need to get the first part of the master perfect, then you just clone it all. Oh yes, when you rout out the hole for the first part (top) of the actual hole, I use a hand powered drill and a 1/2" spade drill, slip that over your router bit (table mounted router) and go to it. Works for me. Almost forgot, I use a 1/2' straight bit, bearing on top.
 

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You folks do realize that in the time it took to do that (w)hole template thing you could have sawn that recess out with a coping saw, had lunch, and taken a nap... :)
 

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What they said. I make these sometimes. I use a pattern and guide bushing with a plunge router to make the recess for the cabin
Where do you get your engines?
 

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More than one way to make a biscuit, but they all taste good with gravy. :grin:
Chicken, quail, squirrel, are my favorites.
 
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Rather than cut out a pattern from a solid piece of wood, you could just rip some 3/4 pine two inches wide, two long pieces and two shorter pieces. Glue the pieces together lengthwise leaving an opening 3 inches wide. Leave the side pieces long enough to clamp into place, or just use double sided tape to hold it in place. Voila, done.
 

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Rather than cut out a pattern from a solid piece of wood, you could just rip some 3/4 pine two inches wide, two long pieces and two shorter pieces. Glue the pieces together lengthwise leaving an opening 3 inches wide. Leave the side pieces long enough to clamp into place, or just use double sided tape to hold it in place. Voila, done.
That would work great if you only want to make one or two. I make my patterns out of 1/2" MDF but that is because I sometimes have to make them many times over for resale. I use double sided carpet tape to stick them down. I have several boxes full of patterns. I drag them out from time to time. Not so much now days all our shows are cancelled.
 

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That would work great if you only want to make one or two. I make my patterns out of 1/2" MDF but that is because I sometimes have to make them many times over for resale. I use double sided carpet tape to stick them down. I have several boxes full of patterns. I drag them out from time to time. Not so much now days all our shows are cancelled.
Yeah, I like patterns made of MDF too. Pretty easy to smooth their edges. But this is a good way to go for a one off. Not sure we could build as well without double sided tape.
 

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