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Mark J

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Great idea Mark. How did you mount the test piece to the template, with double back tape? Was the cut pretty square with a piece that thick? 

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You could use double sided tape or hot glue, but in this case the template and work piece are screwed together.  And yes it cut straight despite the thickness.  

I use this setup to cut back the sides of pieces that I turn.  So I start with a square block mounted on the lathe with a screw chuck.  I turn the outer contour and then I want to cut into each of the four sides and I want each cut to come out the same.  Since the piece already has a screw hole from the chuck I use this to attach the template.  That way I can rotate each face into place in turn and cut each the same. 

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