Templates Guide the Way
Create elegant curves and furniture parts with router templates
Synopsis: Professional furniture maker Doug Peterman details his fail-proof approach to shaping wood with router templates. Get step-by-step instruction on shaping templates with sanders, securing the template to a workpiece, and routing a workpiece with bearing-guided router bits. In addition to telling you the right way to rout with a template, Peterman gives troubleshooting tips to prevent bumps, dips, burns, and tearout with a router.
From Fine Woodworking #170
When the talk turned to tools at a recent woodworkers’ meeting, I surprised myself by naming router templates as my favorite. Don’t get me wrong: I love hand tools and use them constantly, but my work would be less efficient and less profitable without these simple but versatile templates.
Router templates can be used to create and fine-tune furniture forms before cutting into expensive stock. They allow me to see a design full-size and in relation to the other parts of…