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Routing tight radius templates?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Rowka, Dec 18, 2013.


  1. Rowka

    Rowka Supporting Member

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    I've got some pup templates and the corners are 1/4" radius.
    I can't find any top-bearing bits that small. Do you just use a straight bit and ride the shank against the template? Seems that would destroy the template in short order.
     
  2. PauFerro

    PauFerro

    Jun 8, 2008
    United States
  3. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    I typically drill the corner with a 1/4 forstner bit and then ride the template with a 3/8 bearing bit...
     
  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars

    3/16 pattern bits from Amana Tool. Part #47775. These are absolutely priceless bits, I use them with a small trim router, only after the rest of the rout is cut away. You have to be pretty careful not to cook that small bearing.
    http://www.toolstoday.com/p-5046-flush-trim-plunge-template-router-bits-w-upper-ball-bearing.aspx
     
  5. Rowka

    Rowka Supporting Member

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    Excellent! Thank you.

    THe corners of MM and J pup templates are what I'm dealing with.
     
  6. Rowka

    Rowka Supporting Member

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    Just ordered the 3/16 and 1/4 bits.

    Thanks Hopkins.
     
  7. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    It has always been the "P" templates that were trouble for me
     
  8. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    No problem, glad to help