Introducing Template Tom the name I was given by my students when giving lessons on the use of the router at the Association for the Blind woodworking group. I was asked to look after for a year after I had been doing some volunteer work for three years previous. The best Class I have ever taught. Average age of the group was 36-82 years of age.
A little back ground to consider as it helps to know ‘Who is making such a post’ I began an apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery way back in 1948 or 1949 then after a couple of years in the armed forces I enrolled at Teachers’ college for a couple of years then began a 30 year term teaching the woodworking skill along with metalwork and technical drawing. Six years into my teaching career I moved from Scotland to Australia 1966. Resigned from the Education dept and established a cabinet making business for a period of 15 years before retiring at the age of 67 in the year 2000 so some quick calculation I’m 76 years of age and I am still working with wood, last week I attended one of our local colleges to give some professional development to a group of woodwork teachers. ( I have never really retired.)
My expertise is with the use of the router, developing New Routing Techniques. During my cabinet making days I was asked to do some refurbishing of executive private aircraft and it was during that time I developed these new routing techniques. I say they are New as they were unavailable in any book or magazine form at that particular time. (Still not available) Except the material I have produced.
It could be said that most router users would use the router in the router table mode for most of the processes they produce, all I ask is you keep an open mind to what I have to offer, and I do have a lot to offer if you are prepared to give My method a try.
One of the accessories supplied with my router at the time of purchase was the Template Guide. After a number of surveys at a number of wood shows where I demonstrated my techniques I was of the opinion that the template guides were seldom used. except when used in the dovetailing jig or trenching jig and some others may have used them when routing a shape larger than a template that had been produced. Most router users would use them exclusively with a straight cutter in the router.
When I can work out how to post some video to then I will submit the ‘proof of the pudding’
-- Getting more from my router with the aid of Template Guides Selection of Projects listed on You -Tube "Routing with Tom O'Donnell"