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Routing Decorative Barge Boards

Routing Decorative Barge Boards
  1. If possible, first remove the old bargeboard. The pattern should repeat, which will enable template length to be kept to a minimum. Trace around the pattern on 1/4¨ plywood or MDF.
Routing Decorative Barge Boards
  Replacing decorative timber barge boards requires repetitive machining of long boards to a set pattern. This therefore lends itself to routing operations using a template and a guide bush fitted to the router.
Routing Decorative Barge Boards
  2. Choose a cutter suitable for the thickness of the board and a guide bush that will give sufficient clearance around the cutter. If the pattern has a small internal radius choose a cutter and guide bush with a small diameter to match.
Routing Decorative Barge Boards
  3. Calculate the offset between the cutter and guide bush and deduct this from the outside edge of the pattern. Add the offset to any internal part of the pattern.
4. Cut it to shape with a jigsaw and remove all irregularities as these will be reproduced in the finished board.
5. Fit an edge batten to aid the correct positioning of the template to the workpiece. Edge batten
6. The routing operation consists of clamping the template to the workpiece, routing to the
7. If both sides of the gable end require replacing, use the finished workpiece as a the template for the second board and a narrow template profiler cutter.
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