Templates for Router Success
Now, Cut It Out
A rubber or foam pad will hold your workpiece in place on your benchtop while you rout. Stick the template on the workpiece with a few dabs of hot-melt glue. If you're going to rout all the way through the workpiece, attach it to a backer board with hot-melt glue.
Use a straight or spiral upcut bit with the same cutting diameter as the bushing to produce a piece nearly the same size as the template. Or, try a V-groove bit to create a carved look. Set your bit to the desired depth, and rout counterclockwise around a positive-image template, or clockwise around the inside of a negative-image template. Make sure to keep the bushing pressed firmly against your template at all times.
To make a recessed shape, use the arrangement shown below. If you want the shape to stand proud of the surface, go with the set-up shown in the photo at left. Once you're done routing, pop the template off the workpiece with a chisel.
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