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Thinline f holes with Kirn Templates

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by bigDschramm, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. bigDschramm

    bigDschramm Tele-Meister

    161
    Feb 5, 2010
    Clovis, California
    As stated in another thread I'm using the Ron Kirn thinline templates. For the "f" holes are those the actual size? Do you use a 1/4-inch top bearing bit to pattern rout them? Or do you use a 1/4-inch pit with a 5/16-inch(?) guide bushing?
     
  2. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I made my own templates and F hole using an existing fender body. I use a 3/8" flush trimmer for the round holes and the little space in the middle where the bit won't fit gets sawn out with an xacto saw, and carefully and filed/sanded to the line. I've heard of people using other bits in the router and letting it rub on the pattern as the bearing...but I personally wouldn't do it myself.
     
  3. adirondak5

    adirondak5 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    60
    Oct 24, 2009
    Long Island NY
    I use a 1/4 " spiral bit and just let the shaft of the bit ride the template for the f holes , works very well

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    Last edited: Dec 27, 2013
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  5. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Age:
    70
    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    Me too....

    Ron Kirn
     
  6. Arch Stanton

    Arch Stanton Tele-Meister

    305
    Sep 18, 2012
    Dartmouth, NS, CA
    I managed to find a top bearing 1/4" pattern bit at lee-valley and used that with Ron's template , worked perfectly for me.
     
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