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It really depends on the type of bit you are using. some bits can plunge by resting the edge of the router and letting it cut through. If there is a bearing or non cutting bottom drill a hole with a drill bit large enough to get started and have fun.


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I'd say that CAD is not necessarily your best option. Don't get me wrong. CAD is a great thing and learning any CAD software will be a very handy thing to have up your sleeve. I highly recommend learning any CAD software (no matter how limited or advanced) However, there are a few problems: I have not done woodworking much before Think of CAD software ...


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Most woodworkers who do CAD-like renderings these days are using SketchUp; the free version is pretty decent and lots of online tutorials exist. This is an observation, not a recommendation.


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Your diagram I think doesn't actually clarify the situation. I want to round off the corners of a rectangle with the curve starting 3/4" away from the corner If I'm reading this correctly 3/4" is your radius, so double that is the diameter of the bit you need to use. I don't think it's any more complicated than that. To place the centre point in ...


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This is a very dangerous task if you don't know what you are doing. There are a couple of issues here that can lead to blowout. First, as Graphus mentioned, is the amount of material you are removing. I would recommend being as close to 1/16" as you can comfortably get with your rough cut. Second, when you are climbing the curve, so to speak you are ...


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From the link below... Figuring template offset Offset is the distance from the outside of the guide bushing tube to the cutting edge of the router bit. This dimension determines where the bit cuts the workpiece. To figure the offset, measure the outside diameter (OD) of the guide bushing tube and subtract the diameter of the bit. Next, divide this figure ...


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Spindle sander, drum sander, belt sander (using both the flat and the end drum parts.) Some parts of those will require a spindle or drum, on casual examination. Should help getting the router-burn marks out as well. Rasps or microplanes of various shapes may also be useful. As would a plane if you're up for sharpening it, as most people these days are ...


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If you want the curve to start 3/4" away from the corner the radius of your curve is going to be 3/4". So, to make that curve with a drill bit, double the radius to get the diameter of the bit... 1-1/2" bit. It would be centered 3/4" away from each side.


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So I found two practical solutions that actually work, exactly as desired. The first one is a "Duh!" solution: Search long enough, and find a professional-grade tool trader, pick up the phone and ask them for help. Guess what, you can buy a 17mm router bit if that's what you absolutely want. These are normally used for plow-routing C-tracks, they're a ...


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Don't get stuck on creating a round hole. As few as 3 points are enough to hold the copy ring. Below is an image on how to create "holes" on a row with good accuracy; without the "holes" being round. The black is wood (or aluminium) and the grey is your copy ring. With some thinking one can even make it take different copy ring sizes.


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Although this approach does not necessarily involve software, it can be helpful: prototype your designs by making full-size or scale models using cardboard or XPS foam (the pink or blue 4'x8' sheets of insulation foam sold at home improvement centers). Foam is easy to work with, cheaper than lumber, and you can even prototype complex joinery.


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This can largely depend on your template. Are you going to be cutting through the wood making a complete cutout or are you making a recessed design? alfreema's answer covers the bits that you be using in either case. However you are not locked to just those tools. Your basic drill can get you started. Again, depending on your template, you can use something ...


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I'm going to go with Sketch up. One it's free and two if you use it a lot and need more options there is an awesome paid version for anything you would need to do. Also there is a site woodgrears from a guy Mathias Wendel who designed something called Big Print program which is just what your looking for. Able to print stuff to scale them glue it to your ...


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Plastic and heat or mould: Heat the copying ring into a piece of plastic. After a few tries you hopefully have a perfect mould. After you manage to figure out how to make the plastic not stick to the copying ring... Some other moulding material might do the trick but I can't think of any right now. Epoxy maybe. This plastic piece can then be inserted into ...


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