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How to create a 6" hole template with a 1/4" bit and 5/16" template guide?

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 ...
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How to start a cut when using router templates

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 ...
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How can I calculate the value for a corner radius?

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 ...
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Making layered thin stock (complex shape) flush?

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 ...
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Why did my flush trim bit chew up my work piece?

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 ...
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Good way to illustrate project / make a template of my small wood phone dock project? (CAD)?

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 ...
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Good way to illustrate project / make a template of my small wood phone dock project? (CAD)?

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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How can I calculate the value for a corner radius?

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/...
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How to make exact copy-ring templates?

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 ...
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How to make exact copy-ring templates?

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. ...
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Was there a better way to make this template?

I feel your pain. Sometimes the right tool just isn't in the garage. What I would do for the long straight shots is use the router with a straight edge. Either a bearing-guided template bit (easy, ...
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Making layered thin stock (complex shape) flush?

Unfortunately, each piece of this layer cake is still slightly imperfect and not totally flush after gluing. If you're using templates correctly this shouldn't really occur. Each one should be a ...
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How to start a cut when using router templates

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 ...
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Good way to illustrate project / make a template of my small wood phone dock project? (CAD)?

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 ...
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Good way to illustrate project / make a template of my small wood phone dock project? (CAD)?

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 ...
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How to make exact copy-ring templates?

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 ...
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