looking for some insight.....
I am building some boxes for xmas gifts -- these variety will be routed out
of a single block of wood. I created templates out of some 1/4" ply scrap
and proceeded to grab my template guides
y=2&SID=) . My plan was to use a 1/2" router bit in multiple steps to
hollow out the box. When I found the right template I found that it was
5/16" tall -- not an option when working with 1/4" ply wood. Then I checked
the rest of the template guides and noted their heights. I found myself
wondering if I was missing something -- there seems to be a method to the
maddness in terms of guide height and diameter, but a few of them do not
make sense -- why is the 1" outside diameter guide is 3/8" tall when the
51/64" guide is 9/16" tall........
Are there specific uses for each of these guides that would demand a
specific height ? Any thoughts on whether it would be unwise to modify the
template -- a belt sander comes to mind -- to a height that would make sense
in my application ? I could remake the ply templates, but I have a bunch of
the 1/4" scrap that is perfect of this use
I have what is probably the same set from a different vendor. I've
noticed the same thing. I modified mine for use with 1/4" template
stock and never regretted it. if for some reason I someday need them
to be longer I'll get another set.
I'm with Bridger. Cut it off!
I once built a template out of 3/4" MDF to allow me to use one of my
template guides. Then I realized it was ludicrous to give up a full 1/2" of
depth because of a long sleeve on a template guide, so I cut it off with a
hack saw and used a mill file to clean up the cut. I never regretted it. I
read somewhere (a book on routers I think) that its a never ending quest to
find the right template guide to do the job and the long sleeves cannot be
justified. I cannot fathom any need for using material thicker than 1/4" to
make a router template and I think they all should have sleeves cut to work
By the way, the only difficulty I have with the short length is that its
hard to tighten the guide. I found that I could use a small strip of fine
sandpaper to get a better grip on the guide. I think the guides would
benefit from some kind of specialized spanner wrench to make it easy to
I bought the woodcraft set today and guess what - with one of the
bushings, one of the lock nuts can be gently pushed all the way in -
no turning on the thread! Obviously the diameter of this errant
bushing is less than what it ought to be. Wonder what the quality
control at woodcraft is all about. Shudder to think what would happen
to me while routing with such a set...I will probably return it and
spend a bit more money on a better set elsewhere.
Coming to think of it, I bought a whole bunch of router bits at
Woodcraft last week at their 50% off sale. I am shuddering now...
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