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Robert Burns 128/01/2011 18:16:56
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I want to make a desk tidy out of kiln dried oak.
and I want to make two 75mm x 75mm recess's. for the ink bottles to fit in.
I have tried with my router free hand but it is not easy to get a perfect edge.
I think I need an x , y table.
so I have my router in a fixed posistion and have the work piece clamped to a table that moves in in one direction at a time left/ right or backwords / forwards.
but I would like to make one not buy one.
Has anyone out there an idea how to do this.
and is this the way to do it
there has got to be an easy way to do this.
Many thanks
Alan T.28/01/2011 19:19:54
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Hello Robert, You did not mention whether the bottles were round or square. Alan T.
dennis wake28/01/2011 19:33:29
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hi Robert
if you have any thin ply or MDF you can make a router jig and use a guide bush. you will need to know the offset from your bush and your router tool so you can work out the size of your jig to make your 75x75 recess.
hope this is of use.
Robert Burns 128/01/2011 21:11:53
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The bottles are square
thanks for the advice
BillW28/01/2011 22:08:59
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Buy a router cutter with a top bearing with a minimum radius as the bottles corners, then nail some wood strips onto mdf to form a square that the bottles will fit in, route it, you have a routing template.
Big Al29/01/2011 08:05:19
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If you use a guide bush and calculate the offset between the guide bush and the cutter that you want to use then either make a jig from a piece of ply or MDF that can be clamped to your workpiece.
If you do use a guide bush then be aware that your jig will need to be at least 9mm thick.
Simon Reeves29/01/2011 18:14:04
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Hi Robert,
You could also take a look at Ron Fox's router tips videos on this site. He shows how to use simple MDF straight-edges that you can just stick to your workpiece to make any size square or rectangular template you want. All you need is a guide bush in the router and a suitable cutter. Ron also has an excellent video series on the Wealdon Tools website, including one on making a rectangular template (

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