View Full Version : Template material

04-16-2010, 10:22 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, 11:01 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, 11:03 AM
If you can't find any and you are going to Mystic , let me know . I'll bring some for you .

04-16-2010, 11:25 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, 01:38 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.


04-16-2010, 01:39 PM
Thx Larry!!2thumbs

04-16-2010, 01:52 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.

04-16-2010, 05:02 PM
I have used Formica scraps from a friend who does cabinet work.

Rudy Joly
04-16-2010, 05:36 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.


04-16-2010, 06:36 PM
More great possibilities!! Thanks guys2thumbs

04-16-2010, 07:53 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, 10:00 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, 11:04 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, 07:45 PM
You fellas are creative! Lots of ways to skin this cat, thanks for starting the thread, stabber! 2thumbs

04-18-2010, 09:57 AM
i use home depot steel , easy to grind and should last forever

Indian George
04-18-2010, 02:40 PM
Bubba Sr. I have plexi-glass here you can have this coming weekend, just remind me.huh1huh1:confused:

Indian George
04-18-2010, 02:48 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, 03:03 PM
Hey IG , I'll be there all weekend as I have a table . Come say Hi ! Bill

04-21-2010, 08:09 PM
I use 1/8" linen micarta

04-27-2010, 12:24 PM
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.

04-27-2010, 07:40 PM
I use masonite, A 4x8 sheet will last a LONG time. Moon.

05-03-2010, 01:51 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, 02:49 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.

05-03-2010, 03:04 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, 03:42 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, 07:37 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, 01:27 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

05-15-2010, 10:42 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


05-16-2010, 06:14 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. :)