Really Easy - DIY - Adjustable Router Template

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Introduction: Really Easy - DIY - Adjustable Router Template

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This is how I made a REALLY EASY!! - DIY - ADJUSTABLE ROUTER TEMPLATE This is a must have tool in and wood shop! This router template is used for routing dados in wood, and routing square or rectangular shapes, it is extremely useful and can be made in an hour with basic tools

Supplies

Materials used in this build (Amazon Affiliate links)

Kregg T-Track https://amzn.to/3GnmrYM

Diablo Hole Saw Kit https://amzn.to/3q5Hhq1

(you only really need the 2 inch hole saw) https://amzn.to/336TYbG

(4) Kregg Self Adhesive Measuring Tape R-L (Metric) https://amzn.to/3t9qdkO

OR

(4) Kregg Self Adhesive Measuring Tape R-L (Imperial) https://amzn.to/3n6ojO8

(4) 2.5 inch Power Tec T-Track bolts https://amzn.to/3JSwWWr

these T-bolts I had and that are listed in the materials for this are slightly too wide for this T-Track to work you will have to file them down a tiny bit. I used a disc sander and it only took a couple seconds but a file will also do the job safely.

(4) 1/4 inch hex nuts and washers

3/4 inch (#6) wood screws for attaching the T-Track

3/4 inch plywood (enough to make at least 4 pieces 3 inches wide by 24 inches long)

Tools used in this build

Table saw or track saw

Drill press

Drill

2 inch hole saw https://amzn.to/336TYbG

Self Centering Drill Bits https://amzn.to/3fgPTUy

1/4 in drill bit

Hand saw

Step 1: Cut Wood

Cut out the 4 pieces of plywood 3 inches wide.

Step 2: Cut Wood Again

Cut the 4 plywood pieces to 24 inches long or however long you want the template to be.

Step 3: Mark and Drill

Mark a line down the centre of all 4 pieces of plywood on only one end and drill a hole at least 2 inches deep in the centre of the line on each piece with the 1/4 inch drill bit. ( it is perfectly reasonable to use a slightly larger drill bit for this step too nothing bad will happen to your project )

Step 4: Mark and Drill Again

On the end of each piece you drilled the hole in mark the centre of the wood at 1 3/4 inches from the end. this is going to be the centre of where you drill with the hole saw.

Then drill the holes using the 2 inch hole saw and a drill press. (only on the one end of each piece that you already drilled the 1/4 inch hole in.)

Drill only half way through the flip the wood and drill the rest from the opposite side this will prevent tare out on the plywood.

Step 5: Cut Plugs

Cut your plugs in half. Take note of where I have the saw blade placed in the photo on one side of the hole.

(you only need 4 halves so pick the best ones)

Step 6: Cut You T-Track

Only if you need to cut your T-Track to your desired length Kregg T track comes in several pre cut lengths so you can buy the correct length and skip this step.

*Aluminum is soft and will not destroy your saw blade just make sure you are wearing eye protection

Also these T-bolts I had and that are listed in the materials for this are slightly too wide for this T-Track to work you will have to file them down a tiny bit. I used a disc sander and it only took a couple seconds but a file will also do the job safely.

Step 7: Assemble Bolt Section

Assemble the T-bolt sections as per the photo

Step 8: Mount T-Track

Mount the T-Track on the edge of one side of each piece of the plywood.

Use the self entering drill bit to pre drill the holes this will help the wood to not split when you drive in the screws!

Step 9: Assemble!

Put your Template together!

Step 10: Stick on Rulers

Stick on your 4 Sticky tape rulers. They are metal but you can snap them easily by folding them over a straight edge. I tried to show myself doing this step in the photos but it makes a lot more sense if you see it in the video I have embedded at the top of this instructable.

Step 11: Used Your Template!

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    18 Comments

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    charlessenf-gm
    charlessenf-gm

    2 days ago

    Nicely done.
    I've done something similar to cut openings for patches in the wood flooring in our kitchen. I simply sent the patch on the floor, then tacked each leg of the guide in place about it and routed out the top ply of the two-ply flooring, removed the guide strips, rounded the corner of the patch and glued it in place. Worked like a charm!
    Your idea offers easy adjustments and does not depend upon - though might easily use a pattern piece (as when cutting a grove for a shelf to the exact thickness of the shelf).

    I wonder if one might accomplish something similar . . . ah, you've set me to thinking again. Another addition to my "when I get a roundtuit" list - Drats!

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    Urban Shop Works
    Urban Shop Works

    Reply 9 hours ago

    This is the thing hey, all these ideas get you thinking, there is always a different way to tackle any problem

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    LenB15
    LenB15

    2 days ago on Introduction

    Great project and very simple design. Just ordered all of my supplies so I'll share the results when I've completed my template. Thank you for sharing!

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    LenB15
    LenB15

    Question 2 days ago on Introduction

    Just wondering if you considered using right-to-left tape measures across from the "normal" left-to-right so all of the tapes read the same from one side to the other. Maybe I'm over thinking it as I am prone to do😊

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    kmreed55
    kmreed55

    2 days ago

    Great job and design, I’m going to give it a try myself. Thanks for sha

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    TheCsho
    TheCsho

    2 days ago on Step 11

    Think this is the best designed router template I’ve ever seen! I will be making one. The only suggestion for improvement I can see would be to cut the bolt tails down a bit so you can easily slide a ratcheting combo wrench over the end to quickly loosen and tighten the nuts. Great work, and great tutorial!

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    Urban Shop Works
    Urban Shop Works

    Reply 9 hours ago

    Thanks and you are totally right it would be better with the bolts cut down slightly

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    CaptClaude
    CaptClaude

    2 days ago

    This is one of those things where I look at it and say "why on earth didn't I think of that?". A long time ago I made what I thought was going to be a super-useful router template thing that I don't think I have used more than 2 or 3 times. I am going to go into the garage and cut it up and make one of these. I'm sure I have everything I need. Thanks for sharing.

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    gmartonic
    gmartonic

    2 days ago

    now this is cool...easy to make....and yessssss.....definitely useful. cant wait to make mine. thanx for posting

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    Urban Shop Works
    Urban Shop Works

    Reply 2 days ago

    Awesome! Tag me when you do!

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    liquidsands
    liquidsands

    2 days ago on Step 11

    very nice job. I like the commercially made look by using aluminum T rails. Should last a long time without wear.

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    Urban Shop Works
    Urban Shop Works

    Reply 2 days ago

    Thank you! I think so too!

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    seamster
    seamster

    5 days ago

    Clever idea, and nicely executed. Thanks for sharing this!