Router templates are used to carve wood. Learn how to make router templates with help from a home remodeling expert in this free video clip.
Hi, I'm Dave Trull at The Trull Gallery, and we're going to talk today about how to make router templates. A router template can be something as simple as this, just a curved piece of wood that would be used in making repetitive cuts. It can be something like a jig like this that I use in making datos in stock. I just run the router through here or something a little bit more complex like this which is used to cut out the mortises for hinges. And this is what I'm going to show you how to do. The theory used here can be used in your other pieces as well. So let me show you how to build that jig. I've pre-cut some pieces of stock. So on the base of my jig I've already notched out the waste area and done some basic layout lines. The first thing I'm going to do is a piece with a nice straight edge. I'm going to put it on a layout line and I'm going to clamp it in place, double check to make sure we're still on our layout line, then I'm going to flip this over and just shoot a couple of brads in there to hold it in place. The next thing I'm going to do is bring in our first side piece and I'm going to line it up just so that it overhangs the notch we're already cut because this is the edge we want to register off of and again I'm just going to clamp that in place and put a couple brads in. We're building this to use for a three inch hinge and because we're using a template guide that is an eighth of an inch larger than the bit we're going to use I need to allow for that eighth of an inch. So I'm going to set this off three and an eight inches. We're going to line up that second side piece up and hold it in place while we put a clamp on there. The next thing we want to do is put this front fence on and that gives us a registration point when we line up our stock. The face of our hinge is an inch and a quarter. So we need to set our fence up at an inch and five sixteenths because we only need to allow from one sixteenth on the back because of the way the bit is sitting in the guide and we'll mark that on both sides and line our fence piece up and again we'll just throw a couple quick clamps on there to hold it in place and now we can go ahead and put in a couple more brads to hold that in place. And here we have the finished product and now you're ready to go ahead and mortise in the hinges that we based this jig on. So that's a little bit about how to make router templates. I'm Dave Trull with the Trull Gallery, the fine art of furniture making.