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Just wondering but I make a lot of stretching boards out of Western red cedar, the boards are made for stretching animal hides for trappers. Most of the boards I make are for Marten and are 3/8" thick 3' long and 4" wide. They are tapered and rounded off at the head. Currently I am cutting these out on my bandsaw one at a time, cleaning up the cut with my belt sander, and then using my router table to round the edges. This is quite a slow process.

Is there a way I could make multiple clones of a perfect board on my router table, I just bought the Freud table and router last year and am quite new to this new power tool. I also bought a set of template guides.
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You could make a master template to use as a pattern. Clamp together & use a flush trim bit to make copies of your pattern. Then use a round over bit set up in your table.

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Just wondering but I make a lot of stretching boards out of Western red cedar, the boards are made for stretching animal hides for trappers. Most of the boards I make are for Marten and are 3/8" thick 3' long and 4" wide. They are tapered and rounded off at the head. Currently I am cutting these out on my bandsaw one at a time, cleaning up the cut with my belt sander, and then using my router table to round the edges. This is quite a slow process.

Is there a way I could make multiple clones of a perfect board on my router table, I just bought the Freud table and router last year and am quite new to this new power tool. I also bought a set of template guides.
Hi Steve:

Addenda to James comments, above.

You already have a perfect pattern. Pick one of your existing boards and use that as a template. You'll need a pattern bit with a bearing on it. Attach your "perfect pattern board" to a workpice and run the router so the bearing runs on your pattern and cut the workpiece. It will match perfectly.

A bit of sanding to clean up the edges and on to the next workpiece.

Hope this helps.

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