HH pickguard: tight corners???

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  1. Slowtwitch

    Slowtwitch Tele-Meister

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    Making my own pickguard using a MDF template is all fine and is what I'm planning.

    But how do I do the cut-outs for Humbucker pups i.e. the tight corners where a bearing router bit won't get to. Single pups, no prob, but humbuckers... pp.png

    By hand sanding which I'm thinking will look unprofessional, or what???
     
  2. 2blue2

    2blue2 Friend of Leo's

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    Mini ball bearing router bit. I think Stumac has em now.
     
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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    I use a ¼ " carbide spiral .... but if a 50.00 bit is a bit of a stretch, you can use a normal 3/8ths.. then use a small round "rat tail" file to clean up the corners...

    remember the template does not need to have the correct radius corners.. the diameter of the router bit will do that for ya, so just simple 90 degree corners is all that's necessary,,


    rk
     
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  4. Meteorman

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    What Ron said (of course). Just expose the un-cut shaft of the spiral bit & let it ride on the template.
     
  5. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Friend of Leo's

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    Why not drill the four corners with whatever size bit fits that radius, then put the template on and route. You'll have a little bump where the router bit didn't get to the hole, a couple of strokes with a file or sanding block will knock that down.
     
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    1 tool vs 3 tools. I’m lazy - I’ll choose 1 every time.
     
  7. Slowtwitch

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    I tried it on Masonite, filing the corners using a small round file (rat tail file) and it worked fine
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    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

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    You can do the same trick after you rout your pickguard but if you want to use a 1/4" bit and just let the shaft ride on the template, you can get a suitable one for a lot less than the $50 referenced above.
    Here's a nice Whiteside for under $20.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000K2BGNS/?tag=tdpri-20
     
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