How do you store your templates?

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  1. eallen

    eallen Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I don't know about you but, my routing template storage has a lot to be desired. I have some stacked on top of each other, some on edge like on a book shelf, some I think may be arranging themselves at night while they cause random dents in bodies and put tools where they don't belong![emoji848]

    So give it to me straight! How do you organized folks store your templates? I expect you to chime in George/@old wrench. [emoji16]

    Eric
     
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  2. Old Deaf Roadie

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    I lay mine flat on a shelf for MDF, and on their edge for thick acrylic.
     
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    which ones. the working templates, those I use every day.. I store then on whatever flat surface that's available that's out of the way for the moment... the masters.. those I use to make the working templates.. I store them on a peg in the back room where they are out of the "fire fight"..
     
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    All of my templates, body molds and bending forms are marked as to which guitar they are for ("12 fret 00". "Gibson neck pocket"...) and stored in the attic of my garage/workshop. The bending forms and body molds are paired up - if I need one I need the other. Other building stuff like radius dishes and my go bar deck also get stored in the attic - I'll get down what I need when I need it.

    I've got a little 3:1 pulley system rigged up in the attic so I can lower or raise the molds (and small power tools like the router or bending machine) by myself - it does involve running up a down a ladder so I usually ask my wife to help.

    Small templates (pickups, dovetail, head stocks) I keep in a box under my work bench.
     
  5. guitarbuilder

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    Templates....who still uses those things anymore.... :). The ones I still have lie flat on each other. They are wood or plywood. I dust them off now and then to remember the good old days.... Just kidding. I use them once in a while.
     
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    I feel your pain, I was looking for a template the other day and found it in a weird place. I think they grow legs at night and walk around partying, and sometimes they drink too much and don't make it home.
     
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    Good question Ron. Yes, the regularly used working templates.

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  8. Mr_Q

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    I store them poorly. My shop walls are concrete covered with plastic-backed insulation, so I can't hang anything unless I frame it out.

    So they live in a big rubbermaid tub.
     
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    The large body templates--I drill a 1" hole in one end and use that to hang it on a peg on the wall. Make your pegs from 3/4" dowel and you can hang several templates on it.

    I used to store them flat, but they were getting banged around. And stored on edge is just asking for trouble :twisted:
     
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    I made my first set of templates last weekend, but not for a guitar. One of my kiddos has a loaner wheelchair while his chair is in the shop (he's had it for seven years and put almost 2000 miles on it), and the footrest adjustments wouldn't go short enough for his prepubescent legs. I built some mdf templates to rout out pieces that became a riser that sits on the existing footrest that his legs will reach, and when I got done I drilled a hole and hung them on a peg in the garage.
     
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    the working templated don't get "stored". the word "Stored" suggests a time interval when they're not used... I'f afraid that's a condition I'm completely unfamiliar with :p thus, the templates are usually lying within arm's reach where I'm working.

    those that are used infrequently are hanging on a peg around the upper reaches of the shop..

    r
     
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    Ha! Sounds as if the majority of us are in the same boat:rolleyes:
    Mine are just stacked on a shelf in the shop~
     
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    I store them in large plastic tubs, by type (i.e., Tele, Gibby, Mini-Strat-Tele, and necks). I try to keep what goes together in the same tubs, that way I have what I need for that one guitar. But I am not very experienced, having only completed ONE guitar, and miss on two mini-tele-strats, and halway thru the TeleBaum.
     
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    here ya go.. some used occasionally.. and those used with some degree of regularity,,

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    r
     
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    I installed some high shelves that they live on. I don't have a bunch of wall space and I rarely build the same thing twice, but I don't want to get rid of the templates, just in case! I'll be watching this discussion.
     
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    In a box.

    Seriously. I haven't unpacked my shop stuff from the move from New Mexico to Tennessee. Once I'm unpacked, I will store them as I always have: kinda haphazardly all over the shop space.
     
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    Glad to see Everyone else for the most part has my same wherever they land system. Perhaps my real challenge is my OCD can't stand the lack organization of everything Landing where there is space.

    I like the up high pegs idea! With shelves at 8' all around my shop and 9.5' ceilings, getting to them up high for regular use would be a pain. Makes me think of a rack with large dowles that could be lowered down. The quest for new template order continues! [emoji851]



    Eric
     
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    My shop is in our basement. For most of the southerners you can ignore this. I hang all of mine on screws that are in the exposed floor joists from the main floor. They look like template bats hanging all over.
     
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  19. RogerC

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    Some hanging up, some on shelves, some in a drawer.

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    I do the same as Ron does. I mark them with the type and date, drill a big hole and hang them up. All are mdf.
     
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