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Sometime ago there was a thread in which the writer spoke of using his router for what a jig saw normally would be used for. At least I think that I recall such a thread.

The reason for my asking is that this morning I ordered a Dewalt compact router an inlay kit. Dick Willis sent me a link to a demo in which the person cut his own template out for an inlay. The person did not show how he cut the template out and that is what I'm talking about or wondering about.

Whether or not anybody knows or remembers the thread, maybe somebody can tell me if this would be way to cut out a custom template or not. If so, is the job just done free hand as it would be done if using a jig saw.

Sometime back, when I said that I had never used a hand held router, Harryy said that I was in for a great time and how much I would like to use one. I have been on the verge of buying one for quite awhile but didn't really need one. Well something has come up that may justify the purchase and so the order was placed today, and I sure am looking forward to learning how to use it.

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Jerry,

that is a tough set of search terms! So many of the posts on this forum have 'router' and 'jig' in them.

In the interest of full disclosure, I prefer using a jigsaw (or for small patterns the scrollsaw) in this case, but that is just me.

If you are just making a template out of some 1/4 inch or 1/8 inch MDF, you can use a router and a good straight bit. The problem is that it might take a bit of practice to get good results. I have used my craftsman spiral cutting tool (basically a little router) to do that in the past, and the results aren't too bad.

If you use a small spiral (1/4 inch or smaller) you will have a lot more control over the cut, and make a lot less dust with the smaller kerf.

If you try this in 'real' wood or plywood, any change in the density or grain of the material might cause the router to take the path of least resistance instead of staying on your line.

You may need a bit of sanding to refine your pattern. If you cut too deep, I can tell you from personal experience that BONDO auto body filler works great for repairing patterns.

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Got the answer to my question from Dick, if he doesn't know the answer to one of my woodworking problems, the questions probably should not have been asked, He's a genius in my opinion, as well as a real friend.

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Got the answer to my question from Dick, if he doesn't know the answer to one of my woodworking problems, the questions probably should not have been asked, He's a genius in my opinion, as well as a real friend.

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Then how about sharing the link, so anyone else who might be interested in it can use it too???

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Jerry, I rout many of my templates and could give you a specific answer if I knew what the template is for and it's shape etc.
I must email Richard to ask his secret in getting you to take his advice!!
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Jerry, I rout many of my templates and could give you a specific answer if I knew what the template is for and it's shape etc.
I must email Richard to ask his secret in getting you to take his advice!!
Harry,
That is a difficult question to answer without bringing up something that you and I need to get over. I think that maybe it just by chance has been that when you offered advise it was in regard to a matter that at the time I was working on an idea that due to my "pig headed ways" I just had to prove to myself that that I was right in my thinking or not. Dick's suggestions were on other types of issues. But, I would sure like to get past this whole thing. I think that you and I have mutually agreed that our temperments are opposite of each others which has caused some friction that we can both do without. As long as we respect each other and each other's views of reality, we can have a positive relationship, that's what I want and hope that is what you want too.

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That is a difficult question to answer without bringing up something that you and I need to get over. I think that maybe it just by chance has been that when you offered advise it was in regard to a matter that at the time I was working on an idea that due to my "pig headed ways" I just had to prove to myself that that I was right in my thinking or not. Dick's suggestions were on other types of issues. But, I would sure like to get past this whole thing. I think that you and I have mutually agreed that our temperments are opposite of each others which has caused some friction that we can both do without. As long as we respect each other and each other's views of reality, we can have a positive relationship, that's what I want and hope that is what you want too.

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Inlay templates are easy to make out of 1/4" plexiglass or MDF. The inlay kit Jerry ordered has a 1/8" spiral downcut bit. In plexi or MDF there is no grain, so this little bit is as easy to control as any jigsaw. The way the bit set works the pattern does not have to be perfect, it will be repeated on the inlay, and will automatically fit. Even showing the imperfections. It is simply a matter of tastes in the perfection of the template.

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Inlay templates are easy to make out of 1/4" plexiglass or MDF. The inlay kit Jerry ordered has a 1/8" spiral downcut bit. In plexi or MDF there is no grain, so this little bit is as easy to control as any jigsaw. The way the bit set works the pattern does not have to be perfect, it will be repeated on the inlay, and will automatically fit. Even showing the imperfections. It is simply a matter of tastes in the perfection of the template.

I forgot to mention the Dewalt router Jerry ordered has 2 LEDs in the bottom of the motor and a clear baseplate. This makes following a line much easier.

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That is a difficult question to answer without bringing up something that you and I need to get over. I think that maybe it just by chance has been that when you offered advise it was in regard to a matter that at the time I was working on an idea that due to my "pig headed ways" I just had to prove to myself that that I was right in my thinking or not. Dick's suggestions were on other types of issues. But, I would sure like to get past this whole thing. I think that you and I have mutually agreed that our temperments are opposite of each others which has caused some friction that we can both do without. As long as we respect each other and each other's views of reality, we can have a positive relationship, that's what I want and hope that is what you want too.

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