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thing a template and a flush trim bit are good for. They can be helpful with making straight cuts too.

For instance, when working on a base that has two profiles connected by a straight edge, I have a procedure that ensures a perfectly straight line.

First, I rough out the straight line with a band saw. Then I attach a

Position one edge of straightedge on layout line

Straightedge

Position one edge of straightedge on layout line

Straightedge

Double-sided carpet tape

straight template with double-sided carpet tape flush with the layout line, see Fig. 1. Now the flush trim bit can clean up the edge, see Fig. 2.

You do have to stop short of the profile though—the bearing won't let you rout tight into a corner. But the template will also help guide your chisel as you clean up the corner.

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