The Crafted Elements line of laser cut acrylic router templates are precision cut templates designed especially for woodworkers. Unless you have access to a CNC machine in your shop these templates are the easiest, most accurate and most repeatable way to shape wood and wood+resin pieces into things like charcuterie boards, serving trays, handles, functional art and more.
Like our line of maker molds, we designed these templates to save you time and boost production efficiency. These take the guesswork out of shaping and fabricating. By simply pulling one of these clear templates off the shelf and lining it up on your material you’ll instantly know how your final piece will look before you even start cutting and shaping.
We laser cut all of our templates out of 3/8” thick cast acrylic. We avoid using lower quality 1/8” or ¼” flimsy acrylic to ensure the bearing on your router bit has enough surface area to glide on, as well as to prolong life and avoid warping. These templates can be used over and over and will quickly become a go-to tool in your shop.
Reduce errors, inaccuracy and problems with making complex shapes perfectly symmetrical. We even have templates to match many of our awkwardly shaped silicone molds, so you can cut and shape pieces of wood to fit perfectly snug within our molds before you pour your resin.
All you need is a template, flush trim router bit and a router table. Even the most basic routers are capable of shaping materials up to 1.5” thick.
Using our templates is easy:
Place the template over your material (usually wood or wood & epoxy resin). Trace the shape of the template onto your piece.
Using a jig saw, scroll saw or a band saw (where appropriate) cut out the rough shape you traced onto your material, leaving between 1/16” and ¼” outside of the perimeter.
Affix the template to your material using two sided tape or hot glue.
Install your appropriately sized flush trim bit into the router in your router table. Be sure your router bit has a blade long enough for the height of your material. Line up the bearing of your router bit with the acrylic template.
Turn on your router and glide the template along the bearing of your router bit, allowing the router to remove the excess material on your piece, effectively duplicating the shape of the router template.
Carefully remove the template from your material. Remove the two sided tape or hot glue. Sand any leftover residue off of your project. You can use goo-gone or other adhesive remover on the acrylic templates for any stubborn or sticky residue.
We also have a full tutorial on our YouTube channel which you can find posted below: