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Control Cavity Templates, Set of 2

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Control Cavity Templates, Set of 2

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Control Cavity Templates, Set of 2

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Rear control cavity and cutout set for our Control Cavity Cover Plate.

Transparent acrylic routing templates are laser-cut for smooth-edged precision. They ensure proper router placement on a guitar body, eliminate guesswork and produce cleaner results. We recommend ball-bearing router bits for best results.They can be positioned with countersunk screws or double-stick tape. 3/16" (4.76mm) thick.

Set of two templates: for the cavity in the body, and the recess shape for flush mounting the cover plate.


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5.0

Great easy to use.

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I recommend that you purchase a cover plate to use as your template. it's what I've been doing for years to make my own custom plates out of any material I sometimes paint the inside of lexan to match the guitar it's a really clean look. Any tolerance space around the plate could be caused by a uneven surface that the templates are mounted to. (If it's not flat it will be fat). Meaning the cut can be wide or stretched causing the router to burn your template. Anyways I hope this helped someone.

4.0

Templates

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The top template for the cavity cover is too thin in order to use it to make a route with a template bit , so you'll need to use it to route a piece of 3/4" MDF wood for a new deeper template. Really easy to do and works great. Just consider the top template a master for making others. 4 stars because of that extra step.

4.0

Control Cavity

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These work really good if you are going with a stock plastic cover. If you are going to make your own cavity cover like I do, these don't do the job. It needs to be a 3 piece set up, It needs to have the template to make the cover. All my guitars I make are natural wood finished. I gave them to a friend of mine that builds who builds Les Paul archtops. He's very happy with them.

4.0

Does the job.

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These are good as a guide to make different templates that are thicker which will work better. just keep these for making the thicker ones. If you use these and your router bit bearing sticks it immediately melts the plastic ruining the Stew Mac Template. It happened to me!

1.0

whats the point

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You're supposed to use the cover template to make a very shallow route. But in order to do this you have to make a thicker template or shim it. Thats right, time wasted.

3.0

Templates are over-sized

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I find these templates to be way over-sized for what the actual cavity sizes should be. In order to use these templates effectively, you will have to line the inside of the templates with several layers of adhesive tape to reduce the template size. This is aggravating, a hassle, very time consuming, and seldom results in a neat job. You can also try to route out your own templates using this template set as a guideline especially for curves (use double sided tape and keep moving these templates over the ones you create with the guided router bit tracing only selected portions of the over-sized templates, so you would end up with the exact (reduced) template sizes you are after). Some folks above made reference to the templates being too thin. I find the thickness to be adequate. The templates have the center lines clearly marked which is a plus. In summary, these templates are not a disaster but they are not very very adequate either.

4.0

Bigger than anticipated 

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The template was bigger than expected but worked well.

4.0

Very useful

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These are good, and the price is not bad. I would recommend using these as master templates to make other, thicker templates.

4.0

Seems okay

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I just got mine, was a little bigger than anticipated. However, I'll still try to use it. Its fairly thin, but still feel substantial, not at all flimsy. I'll likely try making a copy to some thicker MDF before using it on my guitar.

3.0

Got somewhere in the end.

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I am not sure that I am on the ball with these templates. They are recommended for use with ball bearing router cutters but these are too long to cut the shallow shelf for the cover itself. So I copied the templates onto thick ply to solve the problem - and so I had much bigger templates that could be clamped down too. Given that is what one is supposed to do with templates (i.e. make a working copy) then I guess that this is good kit. But a hint or two would have been nice. Probably just as easy to make your own from scratch.

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