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Forum topic by BrandonR posted 03-07-2015 04:26 PM 924 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2015 04:26 PM

I am working on making a large number of boxes/cradles for a client… They want this oval shape in the picture… At first I cut a circle in the wood then just used table saw to get the straight lines…. that left a small cut mark on back thought where I started…

This piece is really small only 3 inches by 4inches… What would be best to make an initial template and than make it repeatable?


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#1 posted 03-07-2015 04:39 PM


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#2 posted 03-07-2015 06:05 PM

I would cut a 1/4” thick template with a bandsaw then sand to the line.
Double sided tape the template to the actual piece and then template route on the router table.

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#3 posted 03-07-2015 06:10 PM

SASmith has the right idea.

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#4 posted 03-07-2015 06:24 PM

If I had a large number of these to make I think I would set up some stops on the drill press with the correct size forester bit and drill the round part out(perhaps several at a time) then use a pattern to draw The lines for the opening, band saw ,then clean up by sanding with a oscillating spindle sander and or a 1” belt sander(HF sells them fairly cheap)

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#5 posted 03-07-2015 06:32 PM

Stack cut your pieces to rough shape using whatever you have.. band saw, jig saw, scroll saw if thin enough, etc.. then finish them up with a router using a template like SA mentioned. You could whip them out pretty quickly and the router should leave a nice surface that only requires minimal sanding to complete.


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#6 posted 03-07-2015 07:08 PM

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