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    two questions?what is the best material to make templates up with?also i have a pickup route template,whats the best way to hold it on the body for routing?double stick tape?maybe screw into the body?thanks
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    Lexan is, with a high-quality double-side tape. Stew-mac makes nice routing templates, and I have used them quite a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bunnyman View Post
    Lexan is, with a high-quality double-side tape. Stew-mac makes nice routing templates, and I have used them quite a bit.
    thanks,you cant route out lexan,can ya??

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmf5150 View Post
    thanks,you cant route out lexan,can ya??
    You can if you do it VERY carefully... but it likes to either melt, or chip, depending on how fast your router is spinning... and there doesn't seem to be a 'sweet spot' that avoids either...

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    Isn't mdf the most common of affordable way to make templates? I've seen people screwing it to the guitar, in areas that will get routed ou covered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhotas View Post
    Isn't mdf the most common of affordable way to make templates? I've seen people screwing it to the guitar, in areas that will get routed ou covered.
    MDF is a great material to make guitar building templates, but I don't know about routing templates. I suppose it could be used as a routing template. I have also seen mdf used as binding templates.

    I like the idea of Lexan as it is thin, relatively cheap, and pretty easy to re-use. To make a template from lexan, all you need is masking tape, good measurements, and several new X-acto blades.
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    MDF is what I use. I clamp it securely or use screws in some cases. Works perfectly for outside shape and the cavities. It's thick enough to not have to route too deep on the first pass which helps keep the edges clean. I usually make 2 for each item and keep one as a template template, because they do need replacing every one in a while.
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    thanks kyle..

 

 

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