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OK , I bought a set of paper plans and I went to my local Wood store so blessed to have one about a mile up the street . He has a sawmill , Kiln , A big building full of choice wood / slabs , so I bought a slab of cherry and he tells me I need to transfer my paper plans on to some MDF ??? plywood so I will have a set of templates for my stools .
Now I dont know anything about this plywood , On HD they show MDF 1/2 inch 4x8 sheets and 3/4 sheets , Tell me what to get /// My last project I made templates out of cardboard
and I want to do better . thanks Rick
 

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hey Rick, he may have been thinking that the MDF or plywood would be used for templates for a hand-held router and bearing pattern bits to follow. which makes sense if you are going to make multiple copies of the same piece.
if you are skilled enough to use a band saw or jig saw to cut them out free-hand, cardboard is good enough. (it just comes down to your skill sets and the way you like doing things).
when I used paper plans, I just trace the info right onto the wood using carbon paper (or Saral graphite paper).
you have any photos of your new projects ??
 

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So is MDF what I need to make some permanent templates ??/ Never used it before , Do I need the 1/2 inch thick or the 3/4 ??? I will have to download an app for all my project photos are on a tablet .
 

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Rick - look at some videos on YouTube about MDF templates.
I use 1/4" and run some epoxy around the edges to make them hard. they will last for years.
I think the thickness depends on the bits used. to me, 3/4" thick is way overkill and heavy.
plywood will work just as good - templates are a personal item - people have their favorites depending on how often they are used.
 

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OK , I bought a set of paper plans and I went to my local Wood store so blessed to have one about a mile up the street . He has a sawmill , Kiln , A big building full of choice wood / slabs , so I bought a slab of cherry and he tells me I need to transfer my paper plans on to some MDF ??? plywood so I will have a set of templates for my stools .
Now I dont know anything about this plywood , On HD they show MDF 1/2 inch 4x8 sheets and 3/4 sheets , Tell me what to get /// My last project I made templates out of cardboard
and I want to do better . thanks Rick
My suggestion is 1/8 or 3/26" Door skin. It's cheaper than thin MDF. Or like I do and use very stiff artist card stock. This you can find at Michael's or Hobby Lobby. By using card stock you can lightly score the reverse side with a utility knife and fold it up for storage.
 
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