A template is a pattern used by cabinet makers to ensure the perfect fit of counter-tops on cabinet units. It is typically made of thin, stiff materials like plywood to accurately capture measurements and designs. Templates are particularly useful for complex or unconventional-shaped cabinets where precision is crucial. Once the cabinets are installed, the cabinetmaker or installer can create a template that will guide the cutting of materials for the counter-top surface. This is particularly important for expensive and heavy materials like marble or granite, where mistakes can be costly.