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    Creating and cutting with a template

    Hello all.

    Maybe a stupid question but I must ask anyway.

    I just picked up a dewalt jigsaw to make some of my smaller cuts and wanted to play and practice little.


    Now to the question.

    What is the best way to create a template to lay on the wood? What material?

    At this point, it can be anything, a heart, a letter, etc.



    At first, I was thinking about printing something and laying it on top of the wood but I know the paper wouldn't stay. Maybe on a cardstock paper?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Couple of things come to mind. Double stick tape, spray adhesive, iron on laser printed pattern. How many pieces at one time did you want to cut? Many variables here. Tell us more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    Couple of things come to mind. Double stick tape, spray adhesive, iron on laser printed pattern. How many pieces at one time did you want to cut? Many variables here. Tell us more.
    Sounds like a teacher asking the right questions. Be nice and she will give you an "A." I think that is "A" for Answers.

    Have fun with your new toy.

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    I have cut things on the bandsaw using templates on paper glued to the wood. Glue stick workds fine. The kind schoolkids use.
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    Ditto what Roger said. I've made templates by printing - sometimes several sheets - taping them together, then spraying adhesive to the back and applying to the wood. I use this method for both bandsaw and jigsaw cuts.
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    Is the template for tracing around so that you can then follow a pencil line? Card stock should be fine. Is it a picture that you want to follow similar to how many folks do on a scrollsaw? I print things on my computer printer using regular paper, use a spray adhesive and stick the picture to the material. A heat gun makes removing the remaining paper easy. Is it a template to be used over an over again for years? 1/4" MDF works well for this. As stated, better info yields better answers . Let's talk some more.
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    I print out paper stuff on the printer.

    Sometimes I use a spray adhesive - IF - I am going to sand away the face.

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    I wonder if the temporary glue that is used by artists for positioning art or text on a board for photographing would do? Back in the olden days (you know, before the earth was formed) I used it quite a bit. It comes in stick form. I used Jiffy Adhesive Stick.

    This advise is probably worth every cent you spent for it.

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    I've used 3M 45 spray glue for tacking down patterns (don't remember why I got the can originally, but its been used a bunch for this!). If you just spray the paper with it and let it partially dry before sticking it will even mostly peal off. For a more permanent stick spray both sides and let mostly dry then stick.

    Or traditional would be to tack the pattern down on something sacreficial and run a marking wheel over it (the kind with the little pokey things on the wheel) and then put it over your piece of wood and tap chalk (colored or not depending on the wood) to mark through the holes thus made. Not as good for really highly detailed work.

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    Paper to wood, I use 3M 77 spray adhesive. Spray the paper,not the wood. When I want it off I wipe over the paper until it is soaked with mineral spirits. Comes right off. Then wipe the residue off the wood with MS also. I wonder what the different is between 3M 45 and 3M 77. Guess I will have to look it up.
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