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    Template routing question.

    If you wanted to route a recess to hold a square plate, would you make a jig to use a bearing or a bushing?

    I'm leaning towards making one of Glens jigs and using a bearing.
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    I guess if you were able to make the recess in one pass you could use a top-bearing bit in a plunge router.

    My preference, if the recess is deep enough to require multiple passes - like anything deeper than about 3/8" - is to use a guide bushing and a straight bit designed for plunge cutting.
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    Why not set it up for a bit with a guide bearing but cut it out first with a bushing and a straight bit. That way you get a nice clean final cut as the majority of the material has been removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Bienlein View Post
    Why not set it up for a bit with a guide bearing but cut it out first with a bushing and a straight bit. That way you get a nice clean final cut as the majority of the material has been removed.
    Now why didn't I think of that. That is actually perfect.

    I'm going to be cutting a hole for ventilation in my entertainment center.

    So the steps as I see it are:

    1. Create a template the exact size of my filter grill.
    2. Position the template on the workpiece.
    3. Rough cut the hole with a jigsaw
    4. Use a rather large bushing to clean up the hole.
    5. Use a bearing bit to cut the shallow recess to exactly the size of the filter screen.


    Thanks guys, That should do it just perfect!
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    Is it done yet?
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    Making some progress...
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    How bout now????
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    More progress, Not done.
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    hey chuck take a break and check back in a week or so
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    Just posted the latest progress in the entertainment center thread.

    I went with a disposable template. Didn't end up having all the other bits and pieces I would need to have finished the adjustable jig.

    Still like the idea of Glenns adjustable jig.

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