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I am making a very small cabinet that will have a recess on top for a kitchen appliance --its basically a low box with a drawer that my espresso grinder will sit atop.
Anyhow figure that the top is basically 10" wide x 16" deep.
the top also need to have a large oddly shaped (its like two circles one partially overlapping the other) recess in the top (about 1/4" deep) for the grinder to sit into so it wont move around.
Whats the best way to route out this area? I was planning on making a pattern template out of hardboard as a router guide for the outside edge and then routing the interior by eye -- but I'm worried that as I remove material the router baseplate will have less and less wood to reference against.
Is there a "best pracice" for doing this?