Quoted from absocountry2:
If I were to make a template, what material would I use? I could go as far as making a mould and turn that into a cast. Would something like that work?
First I need pics of the scoop area to determine if it's even doable.
If it is you need to find some thin rigid cardstock like a manila file folder, cig carton, et al.
Remove whatever needs to be removed top and bottom so you can tape the cardstock to the bottom of the playfield.
You need a SHARP pencil and carefully trace from the top of the playfield down through the bottom of the hole. Accuracy is critical. The bottom of the hole will not be worn which is why we use that as our guide.
Now capture any possible mount points like post holes and wood screw holes. If possible use the screws themselves. With through holes for posts you can use a drill bit that matches the hole and just twist by hand.
When done you can scan it with a 6 inch steel rule in the scan at 200 dpi 1, ie, no scaling. Or just mail the template to me and we go from there.
That's how I've done a lot of them and the best templateers can even get it right the first shot which reduces metal and laser time on my end