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To get a piece to fit an irregular wall, you can scribe the contour of the wall onto the work piece, make the cut with your jigsaw, touch it up with a belt sander, and check it against the wall — then repeat the process until you get it perfect or you give up and call it “good enough.”  Rather than go through all that trouble, the QuickScribe lets you cut the piece with a router in one step.

The wheel on the QuickScribe attachment precisely follows the contours of the wall while the router makes the actual cut. If the piece is too thick to cut in one pass, you can make a shallow pass with the QuickScribe and follow it with a jigsaw.

The QuickScribe 300 works with the Bosch 1609 and Porter Cable 321 and 7312 offset routers. The QuickScribe CD works with the Bosch Colt router with an offset base and DeWalt laminate trimmers using the DW6707 offset base. Either QuickScribe will run you $80.

QuickScribe [Corporate Site]

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7 Responses to Scribe With A Router

  1. fred says:

    We bought 2 of these back in 2001 to work with our Bosch Laminate trim routers for work in the field. We still use them – and the routers – even though we have recently been converting over to Bosch Colts.

    BTW – if you do serious laminate work – you proably already know of the Betterley line of routers.

    http://www.betterleytools.com/laminate_tools.htm

  2. browndog77 says:

    I have done the exact same type of scribe/cutting with my router only. Just give the edge of the base a healthy(but not sloppy) coating of wax, and even the sheet up with the wall(or whatever you are mating to) with the largest gap no more than than the radius of your base. If the surface you will ride against is rough, a strip of laminate can be taped to it in line w/ the top surface. Your router will keep it tight to the wall. With this method, there is no need to worry about staying square with any surface. You can turn the router in any direction while you cut. Not so with the tool as shown. JMHO!

  3. Brau says:

    I’m with browndog77. From the example shown I can see no benefit to this tool over simply using the router itself. I could see it perhaps if the router had to follow a very jagged edge where the circumference of the router base would not allow.

  4. fred says:

    @browndog77

    We’ve use this tool to scribe against brick and field stone veneered walls in quite a number of commercial installations. It works much better than the router base alone

  5. paganwonder says:

    Agree with fred, the base of the router is not nearly precise enough.

  6. DDT says:

    I wonder if there’s a way if you could do a DIY way, where instead of a wheel, you use something smaller, like a pin, similar to a pantograph?

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