Template Mortising Sampler

Template-mortising is a very versatile system. The generic mortising templates you've just read about—and actualy tried, I hope—are just an introduction.There are other sit» at ions in which template-mortising is absolutely the best system. At the beginning of this chapter, I listed several tf those applications. In each, the mortise would be diffi if not impossible, to rout without a template.

The first, of course, has been dealt with by the genend mortising templates. But what about those other three applications?

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Template-mortising with a fixed-base router is possible if you use a base-guiding template. With the router tipped so the bit is clear of the work, brace the router's base against the template's fences. Switch on the router, then lower the bit into the work. The fences confine the router, preventing it from cutting outside the mortise.

FENCING-IN SEQUENCE

FIRST FENCE SECOND FENCE

THIRD FENCE FOURTH FENCE

Cut down offset gauge at each end of the jig. If necessary, trim the offset gauge to fit between the two end fences, and use it to position the fourth and last fence.

5. Test the jig. To do this, cut a piece of '/«-inch plywood or hardboard to just drop inside the fences. Use the chosen router and bit to cut a shallow mortise in this test scrap. (Don't cut into the template stock yet.) Mexsure the mortise. If it is the correct dimensions, rout through the G> template, forming the window. On the other hand, if the

Fence

Offset

Fence

Offset gauge

Mortise layout

Template

Wedge

Stretcher mortise mortise

Wedge

Stretcher

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