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Router bit touched the template.. Now what?!

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by mangus, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. mangus

    mangus Tele-Meister

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    Hi there,
    So as the title says my template now has a few grooves and I really don't feel like redoing the template as I don't have the paper template anymore.(glued it on the piece of wood) How can I solve this? Would putty work?
     
  2. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Apr 2, 2014
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    Bondo and resand the rough edge smooth and flush. Make a master so you'll always have an undamaged one on hand.
     
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  3. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

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    If the putty dries rock hard sure. otherwise alter the template with sanding?
     
  4. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    Put some baking powder in the ding. Add superglue. Let it harden. Resand back. I never made any copies of any templates...I just repair them like this. No big deal. One nice thing about the stewmac bit is you can put multiple bearings on as a safety measure. I have had those bearings fail mid rout.
     
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  5. DrBGood

    DrBGood Tele-Meister

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    Depends how big the gouge is.
     
  6. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Friend of Leo's

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    My personal favorite is Durham's Rock Hard Putty. Its a water-based powder with a good shelf life and it sets up fast. Plumbers putty might work too, not sure how it sands though.

    And I would not free-hand the sanding. I'd use a flat surface like a block or if its a long straight workpiece I'd glue sandpaper to a sheet of glass, like a shooting board. There is a 90 degree angle there, and you want to preserve and restore that.
     
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  7. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    I've used plumber's putty and it sands really well. I've also used epoxy and put it on when it's hard enough to spread. Sands great as well.
     
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  8. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Friend of Leo's

    May 5, 2015
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    Also, once you get your template repaired, I'd consider cutting a master template from that that you hang on the wall and don't use. It can be made out of relatively thin presswood material. The idea is that the master is your "recovery" script for future problems such as this.

    Because no matter what you use, I'd worry about how the repair will hold up to the intense vibration of router operations. It will probably function just fine, but if a big chunk later decides to just leap off the template, well you don't want to do this all over again.
     
  9. mangus

    mangus Tele-Meister

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    It's a Les Paul template, no hard angles
     
  10. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Friend of Leo's

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    I don't understand what you mean. If its a guitar template it has a hard angle all the way around it.
     
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  11. Meteorman

    Meteorman Tele-Holic

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    In that case just throw it out and don't look back..... ;)
     
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  12. mangus

    mangus Tele-Meister

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    You are totally right!
    I have putty so I suppose I can try it with a dab of super glue..
     
  13. mangus

    mangus Tele-Meister

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    Lol... Great website by the way
     
  14. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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  15. mangus

    mangus Tele-Meister

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  16. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    The capillary action of the baking soda sucks in the superglue and hardens it to a rock like consistency. Try it on scrap first. Make a little pile. Drop in a couple of drops. It's an exothermic reaction, so there's heat being given off.

     
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  17. mangus

    mangus Tele-Meister

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    the mad scientist in me can't wait to try it :)
     
  18. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    The more baking soda you put in there, the more you have to remove, so I like to just make the mound a bit taller than the template. Try it on scrap first. Don't glue yourself together... wear safety glasses, avoid the fumes, etc.
     
  19. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
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    I notched a template before, a half moon of the router diameter. I just cut a bit of wood and rounded it smooth, glued it in the template, sanded flush, and carried on. I did have my master template to use to trim the outer radius but you don't necessarily need that, just a bit more careful sanding.

    Do make the backup template to store away though.

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  20. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Yes, do this.... I used to include instructions with my templates to the effect.. YOU WILL damage 'em at some point so ALWAYS use the masters to make a working template, that way when you destroy 'em, it's just an inconvienance, not a tragedy... Leave the tragedies to Shakespeare.. :D

    rk
     
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