Video: Template Routing Basics
Learn how to impart smooth curves on your furniture parts with template routing tips from a furniture pro
When it comes to imparting curves onto furniture parts, you could saw to a line, and then spokeshave or sand the curves to a smooth finish, but that makes for some tedious work. Template—or pattern routing—allows a craftsman to produce one template that can be used over and over again—whether it’s for multiple parts on the same piece of furniture, or for future use when building duplicate pieces.
In this short video, Timothy Rousseau, an instructor at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, demonstrates his tried-and-true techniques for combining templates with his router table to produce beautiful, smooth, repeatable furniture parts.