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Hello all

I am a new member and just bought a PC 893 kit with both fixed and plunge bases. I bought a piece of melamine to build a router table and got the plate from Rockler. I also bought Rockler's template guide set. When I started to make my pattern for the plate cutout, I really looked at the guides for the first time. The barrel on (most) of the guides is too long for my preferred pattern material. So I returned the set to Rockler.
SO, my question:
Is there a template guide set availabel that has 1/4" barrels (for tempered hardboard or quarter ply)?
Or, should I just plan on making all my patterns out of thicker material?
Or, Is there an easy way to cut the long templates to the depth I would like.
I could almost imagine cutting the brass on a wood lathe with a parting tool, but thats probably not a good idea.

Thanks for any and all tips

Tony
 

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ttait said:
Hello all

I am a new member and just bought a PC 893 kit with both fixed and plunge bases. I bought a piece of melamine to build a router table and got the plate from Rockler. I also bought Rockler's template guide set. When I started to make my pattern for the plate cutout, I really looked at the guides for the first time. The barrel on (most) of the guides is too long for my preferred pattern material. So I returned the set to Rockler.
SO, my question:
Is there a template guide set availabel that has 1/4" barrels (for tempered hardboard or quarter ply)?
Or, should I just plan on making all my patterns out of thicker material?
Or, Is there an easy way to cut the long templates to the depth I would like.
I could almost imagine cutting the brass on a wood lathe with a parting tool, but thats probably not a good idea.

Thanks for any and all tips

Tony
YES you can get them with at a lot of on-line stores, look for ones with a barrel of .234 (I don't remember the actual number but it will be about this).

There are a couple of active links on this general subject:
www.routerforums.com/showthread.php?t=163&page=1&pp=10
www.routerforums.com/showthread.php?t=147
You might want to check them out.

Ed
 

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You can make your patterns taller by adding strips underneath them, which also has the advantage of preventing the cuttings from building up along your templates.

I like using thicker stock for some templates, because it holds up better over time, but it can be a pain to use. My router compass, for example, is 1/2 in poplar. It has been used a lot, and all the holes are still perfect.

If your brass template guides are just a hair too long, a quick pass on the sander or a file will take the extra length off in a hurry, just make sure you don't use that sanding belt/disc for anything else. Make sure you put a chamfer on it after you finish, so you make sure that the burr left over from machining doesn't change the diameter of your guide.
 
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