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Create Templates for Circular Shapes with Flush Trim Router Bits

Starting Your Woodworking Project
When starting a new woodworking project, it is extremely important to review the necessary steps, tools, cutters, router bits, and materials.

Getting half of the way into a project and discovering that you don’t have the necessary router bit can be frustrating and sometimes very time consuming! If you have a fully tooled woodshop, you may be able to wave the last question until you move into your project. However, most of us only have a few router bits and saw blades and therefore, need to economize a little.

The most important router bits to own are flush trim router bits with bearings including:

Standard straight bits

Various round-over bits

For more complicated projects, straight router bits with top-bearings and straight router bits with bottom-bearings are indispensable. These router bits are a necessity for making flush trim templates and ensuring that all parts are equal in dimension, shape, and layout.

For circular shapes, such as small table tops, a shape needs to be cut with a template that has been created with a swing-arm attached to a router. The exact dimension of the radius of the table top will be determined by the distance from the center of the pre-drilled hole (for the center-pin to ride in as the router circumnavigates the template material) to the inside edge of the straight cut bit.

Read more about Flush Trim Router Bits and Templates for Circular Shapes.

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