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Forum topic by Mikeyf56 posted 09-04-2009 02:48 AM 1037 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2009 02:48 AM


I am wondering if it might be simple to make the templates, and just buy the router bit and collet extender separatley….

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#1 posted 09-04-2009 03:04 AM

The templates don’t look like a big job. It would be interesting to see what the router bit looks like.

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#2 posted 09-04-2009 03:13 AM

buy the bit and extender separately , ( unless they are cheaper in the set ) .
if you want to make bigger things , use them in a router table ,
and make your own templates .
i just looked again , and it appears the set is cheaper ,
their router bits start at around 60 bucks for specialty bits
their template is just mdf , easy to replicate , and you can make any other type you want .

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#3 posted 09-04-2009 03:17 AM

Looks like a plunge router with collets and your own MDF patterns would do the same thing.

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#4 posted 09-04-2009 03:35 PM

I just purchased it earlier this week. I had a 20% off coupon from Rockler which saved me $20. The bit and the collet extension will cost that much. It comes with a DVD that explains the process in detail. The first thing I am going to do is make extra copies of the patterns and also a single piece full size pattern. If you use it as is, you have to keep moving the template and screwing it in place to hold it to make a 2 or 4 compartment tray/bowl. Instead of following the DVD however, I’m going to cut the outside edge down to size first using a circle/elliptical guide (on sale yesterday at Rockler in the “Deal of the Day” for $39.99, which was $50.00 off), then clamp the template to the round disc. This will eliminate having to cut the outside edge to size on a band saw and then sanding it to a perfectly round shape after the compartments have been routed.

Cincywoodworker posted this earlier this week:

If you finished the bottom nicely, you could flip it over and use it for a cheese board/bread board. I would rout a nice profile on the outer edge on the bottom for that purpose.

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