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Got The Template Blues?

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I had some old templates that were made out of lexan, but the bit used to get hot and melt and instantly ruin the templates. This time, I had them made out of 10 gauge steel. I can use them to help press the top to the body. And, the bit will never get hot and these should never wear out. I had these water jetted out. Finally a cure to my template blues!

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Interesting.

Just be careful,because a slip on a wood or lexan template can ruin the template,but a slip on these can shatter your bit and send shards into your soft parts.

I suppose if you use these with a table router it would be less risky.

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No offense, but I think is is HUGE overkill. Like Wes pointed out, there are potential hazards with using this as a material for templates. Also, the added weight probably makes them a little more difficult to handle, thus causing more risk. Also, I can't imagine what you paid to have is done... Why not MDF and hardboard? Doesn't melt, tends to work for most of us?

Chris

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Well,in a perfect world you would never accidentally hit the steel template with a bit,but if you never accidentally hit your template you would have no need for steel.

See the problem?

BTW I only ever had lexan melt if a bearing seized up against it or I used a bit without a bearing...so these days "if" I am using a lexan template I keep a careful eye on the bearing to make sure it is not spinning against the lexan and I don't actually follow the template around the edge until I have already routed as much of the middle as I can without touching the template to keep friction down

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And not to mention, 10g steel is barley 1/8" thick. That barley gives the bearing any surface at all to ride on. You sir, are quite insane.

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I agree that steel templates have no place in everyday use. I would not want to be there when you hit one with a router bit.

However using them as the master setup templates and maybe to check your disposable MDF templates makes some sense. Still not keen on trusting a bearing to ride on 1/8" steel.... 1/4" maybe.

Before the CNC I always had 2 sets of templates. The master templates and the disposable MDF templates. On a regular basis I would lose or damage the MDF templates... get tired of making new templates and just use the master for a "real quick" route. That is when inevitably I would have a slip and damage the master template...

Then I bought a CNC and used it to make master setup templates.

The CNC makes mistakes right on the workpiece so I no longer need disposable MDF templates.

As for Huff. He has been banned from more forums than I have ever joined and might not be the best example of how to do things. I like him and he has always been cool to me but his methods are his own.

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Perhaps you mean barely?Either that or you are hungry?

Or thirsty? Want to brew some beer?

Edited by KeithHowell

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The CNC makes mistakes right on the workpiece so I no longer need disposable MDF templates.

<_<

As for Huff. He has been banned from more forums than I have ever joined and might not be the best example of how to do things. I like him and he has always been cool to me but his methods are his own.

Methinks my sarcasm may have been too subtle.......

SR

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Methinks my sarcasm may have been too subtle.......

SR

I tried to be subtle. Heck all things considered it was an understatement.

I should have made some Frankenstein's monster Abby Normal reference... I failed at being funny.

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I've never had a bit dig into the actual template. I just built my first body from these templates, worked like a charm. I do use a router table though.

Love these templates.

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On Huf

Let's not go there.He was here,then he left of his own accord.I am not a fan because I personally experienced his skewed(IMO) point of view,but trashing him in his absence is unnecessary.He is no Litchfield that people need to be warned away from.

I find myself wanting to say bad things,but like I say,he is not here and it's against the spirit of the forum(or something).. :P

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Wes just likes to dangle his unmentionables out of the car window waiting for somebody to complain about it. <_<

Patrick was in no way a maligned person in my opinion. I'll certainly go for a beer or two with him next time we pass through Switzerland.

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Girls I think?

Woot!

$100 bits for 4 templates is palatable. 1/4" Aluminum would be a nice alternative to the steel but might be more pricey.

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