Today I decided to give a different technique a try for cutting out bits of the framing.
Use tracing paper to copy the full size templates.
It is much easier than trying to handle the huge sheets of full size plans.
Transfer the tracings to large sheets of glossy construction paper with carbon tranfer paper. (i got mine from publix)
-Cut them out
-spray glue to lauan
-cut out to use as template.
-screw templates to wood
-cut closely with jigsaw
-pull out the router
-do a final trimming with a flush cut router bit (the ones with bearings). *See tip before trying this
- do a quick finish sanding.
After moving to this technique. I can cut out and finish sand a frame member in about five minutes. And I average about 10-12 minutes per piece if I include the entire process start to finish.
now for some links:
Craftsman Flush trim Router bit
Craftsman 30 piece bit set
The first bit is not exactly what i got. The specs are the same but mine was a few dollars more, about $17. The second link is to what i want for my birthday (if anyone is reading this), wink, wink wifey.
-If you choose to use this method be careful as you move the router to always cut with the grain(or down the grain). I ripped a chunk out by not paying attention. It is possible to cut across the grain at various angles. I'll use a crude picture as an example. Imagine that the black lines are the grain direction and the arrow is the direction the router is moving. The router is moving down the grain. If the motion was reversed it becomes difficult to control and will tear the piece apart.