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Getting more from my router #3: Routing with Tom O'Donnell

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Blog entry by TemplateTom posted 02-26-2010 08:38 AM 1696 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Experiment to post Video to explain why I have had great success with the use of the template guides.

This is an opportunity to show the advantages of the guides so when I present a topic I will have the oportunity to follow it up with the video.

I had posted the two small tables that I had constructed for our church, very small only 200mm high to take a vase of flowers I will go back and see if I can get the video and post it here.

This video is here to introduce Template Tom and show some of the material I have produced with the aid of the guides. Also some of the projects were constructed by my ‘Students’ (35-82year olds) when I was teaching at the Association for the blind.

The reason for making this presentaion is to inform/instruct members on the use of the guides a method that will also introduce greater safety awareness when using the router There is no great expense with regards to Jigs and templates as you are able to construct your own once you have mastered the use of the guides.

There are hundreds of processes that is best completed with the router in the plunge mode or should I simple say by getting the router out from under the table some times. (I have three routers inserted permanently in the table mode as there are processes that require the use of the table mode.) Some router experts say that “90% of all routing processes can be achieved with the router in the table mode. I dispute this statement due to the fact they have never taken the time to investigate the use of the template guides to their full potential and I can submit a great number processes where it is safer to use the guides.

If you have any questions please ask as I may be able to answer them.

When you have viewed the video you will hopefully consider the purchase of the template guides.

Note: Most sets of guides are lacking a large diameter guide which in my opinion is very important.

I look forward to any comments you may like to make.
Tom

-- Getting more from my router with the aid of Template Guides Selection of Projects listed on You -Tube "Routing with Tom O'Donnell"



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#1 posted 02-26-2010 05:50 PM

This is an interesting video. I had always tried to get the guide to be as close to the bit size as possible so that my jigs openings didn’t need to be so large. This gives me an entirely different perspective. Thanks!!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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TemplateTom

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 05:28 AM

Lew

You do exactly what 90% of router users do and I was one of them some 30 years ago when I was teaching in high schools and then in my cabinetmaking business. By teaching myself the various techniques I have managed to achieve greater usage of the router and also introduce greater safety awareness. I would be interested in what you will now do with your router.
Tom

-- Getting more from my router with the aid of Template Guides Selection of Projects listed on You -Tube "Routing with Tom O'Donnell"

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 09:00 AM

Tom, do you have any videos on how to construct jigs, templates, or such?

-- Jim

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#4 posted 02-27-2010 12:43 PM

Tom, I have considered the use of router templates before and now plan on purchasing a set for my router. I like Outputter, am also interested in more information and more video content outlining the use of these jigs and templates. Thank you for this post and my new perspective on guide templates.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 03-01-2010 05:44 AM

Tom, so you don’t get confused about what I’m looking for, I want videos of construction of the jigs, not how to use them. I looked on youtube for your videos on how to use the jigs and templates, and they were very interesting but, I can’t help but wonder how hard it is to make the templates for yourself.

-- Jim

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#6 posted 03-01-2010 10:06 AM

I have hundreds of jigs and templates for all sorts of projects, each one is different, if you can be more specific as to what you wish to produce I may be able to assist I could keep posting what to do for months and that may not cover what your interest is at the time.

Like all template work the template must be produced with accuracy. Most templates produced by the average router user is a ‘Male’ template where as I work a greatdeal with ‘Female’ Templates. No matter which one you choose you must start of with what the completed shape is to be. Then you decide on what method to use, and make your templates accordingly.

So what about posting a suggested design you wish to produce also to assist me, give some indication of the experience you have with the template guides and how many guides you have to work with.

Lately (past ten years) I have been producing my drawing details on the computer but there are a number of projects in the beginning where they were developed on a piece of MDV as I did not possess a computer at that time. I invested in a computer program and taught myself how to use it. There is no dought in my mind that is the way to go, but we must start somewhere.

Just as a matter of interest all my drawings are in Mertric and I was once asked to change them to Imperial Not an easy process to do as all my guides are in metric and all I asked of the others was to make their own conversion. I was brought up in the Imperial world but made the change some 43 years ago.

Post your question and let’s see if I can help If it is in Imperial I will make the conversion to metric.
Note: Anyone else with a suggestion also please submit your details.
Tom

-- Getting more from my router with the aid of Template Guides Selection of Projects listed on You -Tube "Routing with Tom O'Donnell"

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#7 posted 03-01-2010 05:37 PM

Tom, I’m not interested in anything in particular. Any example of how you produce the jigs or templates would suffice. I just want to get an idea of how you do it. Post anything handy, metric or Imperial, I don’t care. Just wanting to see how you do it.

Thanks,

-- Jim

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#8 posted 03-09-2010 01:14 AM

http://routingwithtomodonnell.yolasite.com/

I am making the effort to see if I can get more information available so I have tried to produce my own web site thanks to Yola.com.
This way I can post the information required. Making templates, each template is only suitable for the process you wish to achieve, so there are hundreds of templates in my workshop. Each one has been designed working with the template guide and cutter that are to be used and they are different reasons for their selection. Some are easy like the templates for the Rectangular Picture frame for example then there are others that are constructed to make a sliding dovetail joint, one of my recent template and Jig combination and that took a little more working out, I should say it took a great deal of time with some trial and error to achieve what I was wanting to do. I say trial and error to try and get the details my computer said I should have. But with an understanding of what the is required I managed to get the results I was after. That sort of project would take a great deal of explaining.

Jim I will post an article I have written some years ago when all this was in it’s infancy and I had at last mastered the computer.

Tom

-- Getting more from my router with the aid of Template Guides Selection of Projects listed on You -Tube "Routing with Tom O'Donnell"

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#9 posted 03-09-2010 07:23 AM

Tom, I appreciate your situation and the effort you’re putting forth. Have you considered making a blog entry that details the whole process because that’s what I’m missing here I think? I can see from your videos how well the templates work. I can see the quality of the projects you can produce with the templates you use. But, and correct me if I’m wrong here, there is a beginning to every project long before you route the project with the template. I may be wrong, I frequently am, but my guess is the process goes something like this:
1) Decide what to make.
2) Make a drawing of the finished piece.
3) Make drawings of the parts to the piece.
4) Make drawings of the templates to be used on each piece.
5) Produce the templates.
6) Produce the finished piece.

I usually do steps 1,2,3,6 for every project I do. I don’t know how you do steps 4 and 5 though. You don’t show these steps in your videos either. I think those are the steps people who want to take the next steps are going to need in order to join you in your quest to make the router all it can be so to speak.

LumberJocks has a really neat feature called blogs. What people use them for sometimes is to detail the steps they took to making a project so that anyone watching can learn whatever it is they need to learn. For example, some of the people watching will learn how to cut the dovetails used in the drawer of a cabinet. Some people will take great interest in how the author applied the finish. Some will learn how the author applied a clamp to a curved piece in a way that will solve problems for them in the future. Well, I hope you see what I mean. If you’ve never done a step by step tutorial for one of your projects, maybe you could experiment here at LJ. I know I would appreciate it and I’m guessing there are dozens more who aren’t asking now that will get something from it. If you need help on the technical aspects of blogging, I’m more than happy to help with that also.

Good luck,

-- Jim

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#10 posted 03-10-2010 01:15 AM

Jim
My apology One of my blogs I presented on the making of the frame was from a power pont presentation I had produced. It really was not a good way to present the solution and I removed the pics from Photobucket if only I could remove the blog with all the empty photos.
Tom

-- Getting more from my router with the aid of Template Guides Selection of Projects listed on You -Tube "Routing with Tom O'Donnell"

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#11 posted 03-10-2010 05:23 AM

Tom, just never mind. I don’t get the feeling we’re communicating here.

-- Jim

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#12 posted 03-10-2010 10:13 AM

Jim
You must give some consideration to a number of things here at the moment. Unlike the northern hemispere we are going through a terrible heat wave and I have not been able to get my camera out and do any movies of template making, We also have visiting us our Grandson from the Eastern States so do not give up so easy I will come up with something for you to follow.
Tom

-- Getting more from my router with the aid of Template Guides Selection of Projects listed on You -Tube "Routing with Tom O'Donnell"

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