Sawing, rasping and filing are time consuming and tedious to way to make templates. It is also difficult to make a perfect curve with hand tools. Accurate templates are most easily made with sanders and routers.
There are both free and paid templates available for your use. With a few exceptions the free templates will come with a licence that gives rules for its use. Creative Commons licenses are often used by the creator of free web design templates. The rules may require that you use the template for only certain purposes. Attribution is often required which means that you must give proper credit to the author and not claim the design for yourself. The license is often included in the template download. If the license is not included in the download or the website you may assume that there is no license.
Templates should be dimensionally stable, durable and capable of taking the fine details. Solid wood is a poor choice for templates as it is not dimensionally stable. While steel is stable and durable if you accidentally touch a spinning bit to a template made from steel, you will probably wreck the bit and the template. Acrylic is transparent and allows for visibility of the work beneath but a slow bearing can generate enough heat from friction to melt a template made out of acrylic. Although all of these materials can be used, Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF) is probably the best choice and has shown to produce great results.
If you try to contact the template website you bought the template from, you will find many of them not able to help you with your required template customization. As you might notice, there are hundreds of web sites offering exactly the same set of web templates -- as they are just affiliate websites reselling websites templates and flash templates from a third party template provider. Therefore many template websites are just interested in selling more templates rather than doing any customization work, or might just redirect you to an expensive template update service so that they can collection commissions by referring you. They are mostly just 'Internet marketers', rather than web developers.
Although web templates can help one come up with a good web site design in a short time, it is very easy for one to choose an inferior template which will lead to an equally inferior design. Quality web templates have certain features that one should specifically look for. Such features are the ability to be edited and they should have compatibility with well known HTML editors as well. A good web template should be not be difficult to upload as this may take up too much of the user's time and resources. The coding of the template should be done in such a way that leaves no alterations in the template's structure. Web pages that are generated by web templates should not be difficult to download in any browser. It is also advisable for the user to deal with only capable web template designers.
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