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1659 days ago

Most routers are inserted in the table for the majority of the processes we achieve so we could say the table we have constructed is the best Jig we have for the router. _ I must confess I do not use them very often but I do a great deal of routing.

There are many occasions when I am asked why make a jig when it can be produced with the router in the table?

Safety Awareness is usually the answer. I have witnessed many articles being produced on the table personally and also written material in magazines and also some postings by members of a forum where we can see an ’Accident waiting to happen’._ ( I am not saying this forum as I am relatively new here)

I think I would be correct in saying there are more accidents with the router when it is used in the table mode. This survey has been taken on many occasions when I was doing demonstrations at various wood shows throughout Australia over a period of 20 years. Also many reports of the same type of accidents have been submitted on a number of different forums.

The reason for this post is to see what types of jigs or fixtures you make in your work shop to assist in the production of your projects.

If we consider a project published in a magazine quite some time ago where the external shape was produced with a hole cutter also the opening for the clock insert. Then the moulding inserted with the rounding over cutter with a bearing attached. I suppose standard procedure but when we look more closely at the edge we see a small ledge at the base.

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-- 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 1659 days ago

This was intended to be inluded in the initial posting but somewhere it got misplaced.

I would like to start this topic with my solution at the time of the publication as I was not happy with the method presented. First there would have to be a larger piece of material required to produce the shape.

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I would require some means of holding the material secure so I constructed a 300mm square box (Jig Holder) 40mm deep.
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I also produce three templates 300mm square 12mm thick

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I invested in a new router cutter that would produce the rounding over and the shape of the clock with the aid of the templates and of course a template guide

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With a change of cutter I created the extra ledge to the base of the clock
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What I have presented is an alternative method of producing a small item hopefully it will stimulate some interest in the members to ‘Think outside the square’ before proceeding to their next project.
This method also produced a better surface to the edge moulding with little to no break out. Also I considered it a safer method of producing this article so safe it was produced over and over by members of my class of V.I.Ps. (Vision Impaired Person) and some were totally blind.

Note; I have since redesigned the templates instead of three I NOW HAVE ONE.

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Project completed with greater safety awareness before it is removed from the Jig Holder. This made another Blind person happy with his/her achievements
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-- 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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#2 posted 1659 days ago

Thanks Tom
Very interesting.

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