Template Routing Basics
Three bits for routing with templates
Synopsis: Long ago, Pat Warner discovered a devilishly simple technique for cutting dadoes. In this article, he explains how to cut them with a template and router and a variety of bits. With them, you can mill repeatable patterns and all kinds of joinery. The templates are easy to make, inexpensive, and accurate. He tells how to make precise templates and describes how to build four he uses every day — for butt hinge mortises, for routing small pieces, for repeatable shapes, and for through mortises. He details three bits and their advantages and how to cut multiples. The article also addresses the advantages and disadvantages of three popular router bits used with template work. Warner discusses straight bits and collar guides; pattern bits; and flush-trimming bits. He talks about what tasks he uses these bits for and how well they perform.
In 24 years of self-taught woodworking, I’ve made a…