PDA

View Full Version : Template material



stabber
04-16-2010, 09:22 AM
Hey Dogs! What kinda material do you guys use if you wanted to make a template so you can Make/trace that design whenever you want. Thanks!!2thumbs

Bill T
04-16-2010, 10:01 AM
I use what is known as roofers flash roll . It's an aluminum roll 8" x 30' . It's about 8thousanths thick . Cost like 8 dollars at any hardware store . Draw my designs on paper then glue to the flash . Then just scribe on steel . I have some at least 18 years old .

Bill T
04-16-2010, 10:03 AM
If you can't find any and you are going to Mystic , let me know . I'll bring some for you .

stabber
04-16-2010, 10:25 AM
Hi Bill, Thanks! I am a roofer/siding man :D

Look forward to seeing you at Mystic. I have a table2thumbs

LR Adkins
04-16-2010, 12:38 PM
I had a bunch of old plexi-glass that was always in the way. I made a bunch of templates with this and it works great. I also have used the cardboard backing from my packs of sandpaper and stored them safely in a drawer.

Larry

stabber
04-16-2010, 12:39 PM
Thx Larry!!2thumbs

v-6
04-16-2010, 12:52 PM
I use plactic cutting board from the dollar store work great dont ware out
and the will bind in half and still work.and they dont take up much room.
vern

smflorkey
04-16-2010, 04:02 PM
I have used Formica scraps from a friend who does cabinet work.

Rudy Joly
04-16-2010, 04:36 PM
I bought 030 engraving stock in bulk a few years ago. (cheap)
I use that for my patterns cause theres no way I could possibly use it all in my lifetime for just spacers. Seemed like a good idea at the time.


Rudy

stabber
04-16-2010, 05:36 PM
More great possibilities!! Thanks guys2thumbs

VaughnT
04-16-2010, 06:53 PM
I was just thinking about this the other day as I've recently come up with a design that I really, really like and want to be sure I can duplicate it down the road. I had originally thought to do templates in 1/8th aluminum, but like what I'm hearing here.

Cutting boards from the dollar store?!?!? Very innovative.

Paul Mathews
04-16-2010, 09:00 PM
Stabber, I bought some clear acrylic (12x12) from Enco. I got it fairly thick so that it would easily hold the transfer punches when I'm marking holes on the blade blank. I got the idea from Scott Jones.2thumbs

Until last year everything was just a drawing glued to cardboard and cut out.

Archer Moon
04-16-2010, 10:04 PM
I use a strip of 1/8" MDF (midduim density fiberboard). It was a full size cover sheet from work (cabinet shop). I cut 2" and 1 1/2" strips of the end. Works great. Same thickness as the steel and sands down great. Makes a big mess.

James Terrio
04-17-2010, 06:45 PM
You fellas are creative! Lots of ways to skin this cat, thanks for starting the thread, stabber! 2thumbs

DrewBoyer
04-18-2010, 08:57 AM
i use home depot steel , easy to grind and should last forever

Indian George
04-18-2010, 01:40 PM
Bubba Sr. I have plexi-glass here you can have this coming weekend, just remind me.huh1huh1:confused:

Indian George
04-18-2010, 01:48 PM
If you can't find any and you are going to Mystic , let me know . I'll bring some for you .

What day will you be there??? I'll be there on Sunday.:D

Bill T
04-18-2010, 02:03 PM
Hey IG , I'll be there all weekend as I have a table . Come say Hi ! Bill

SBuzek
04-21-2010, 07:09 PM
I use 1/8" linen micarta
Stan

JAWilliams
04-27-2010, 11:24 AM
Plexi glass and 1/4" plywood are what I use. Oh and is I screw up a grind or mess something up on a blade I use it for a pattern.

moon
04-27-2010, 06:40 PM
I use masonite, A 4x8 sheet will last a LONG time. Moon.

DrThunder88
05-03-2010, 12:51 AM
I have a box full of 1/4" plywood and poplar patterns. I do my designs on the computer and stick the printout to the wood with spray glue. I also drill the pattern so I can use a 1/8" transfer punch to mark pin holes.

Cliff Fendley
05-03-2010, 01:49 PM
I mostly use the white fiberglass stuff used on walls in restrooms and in some trailers and such. There was some on the walls of an old semi trailer I just use for storage now and been using pieces of it for years. I think I've seen it in sheets at Home Depot.

stabber
05-03-2010, 02:04 PM
Thanks bubba IG. Guess I'll get it on the 14th in 2 weeks2thumbs

Thanks for the other great options Guys!!2thumbs
Bubba Sr. I have plexi-glass here you can have this coming weekend, just remind me.huh1huh1:confused:

Bob Warner
05-03-2010, 02:42 PM
I use knife steel. I profile it and drill the holes in it and then harden it. I do not temper it. I can drill right through it and get accurate holes every time. It will not wear out and since I use 1075/1080 it is really cheap.

H.L. Holbrook
05-13-2010, 06:37 PM
:rolleyes: I use aluminum road signs, perfect thickness. No I don't go around stealing stop signs:). If your area still uses the aluminum type signs check with your local highway department. Sometimes they will give away signs that have been damaged. I have also found them at the local recycling plant. But the price fluctuates with the price of aluminum.

Rick Haney Design
05-14-2010, 12:27 PM
Hey Bro,I use a plastic sheet quilters use.It's transparent so You can trace your designs right onto the sheet,I get the thickest.I beleive it is .030 thick,You can find it at a sewing store or big craft chain store.You can easily cut it with scissors.:D

parian
05-15-2010, 09:42 AM
when I had a ready supply of O1 plate I would make a blank that would be ready for heat treatment, if I liked the feel and shape, this would then become my template, I now use 1/8 tufnol or MDF

Ian

burchtree
05-16-2010, 05:14 AM
The ugliest G-10 I can find (so I don't feel obligated to use it). About 1/8 thick so the transfer punches are accurate. :)