Making the Template

The template is easy to make. Before beginning the work, study the template layout shown in the drawing.

1. Cut the template blank. Make the template out of or '/¿-inch-thick plywood, hardboard, or acrylic. Plywood is probably the most practical. I like to jot notes and layout marks on templates, and I find it difficult to see any marks made on hardboard. Positioning an acrylic template is easy because it is clear, but be careful with clamps: Acrylic can be broken.

"Hie template should be at least twice as long as the diameter of your router base and 1 Vi times wider. The template shown in the drawings is larger than that. But it provides plenty of clamping surface, so you can damp it to the work without interfering with router movement.

2. Scribe the crosshairs. You can incorporate these helpful alignment lines only if you are making your template out of clear plastic. Incise the lines with a utility knife or a scratch awl and a square. Cut right through the masking paper that protects the plastic's surface.

3. Rout the slots. Guiding your router against a straightedge, rout a slot in the center of the template with a Vinch-diamcter straight bit to match a ^-inch-diameter guide bushing.

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