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03-11-2010 12:06 PM

I have been improving my computer skills over the last week and I have posted an article I had written on ‘How to get more from your router’. (Thanks to yolasite for the web space) The material is only at the beginning stage as I intend submitting more information once I get a bit of time to do so. This topic is an introduction to producing templates at the request of a number of members of the forum
This is really a simple template to produce but it will get you started to what I have been asking others to understand how the template guides can be used more effectively and also introduce greater safety awareness when using the router so safe I taught blind people how to handle the router and presented on the site are some of the projects they produced.


-- 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 03-12-2010 05:47 AM

Good luck with this project Tom.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 02:18 PM

Hi Tom,
I’ve read several of your posts and I’ve enjoyed them. I built lots of frames many years ago and as you suggest I routed the profiles into the stock on the router table and then used a table saw jig to miter the corners of the frame material. Of course I also use router templates, but that’s typically to put curves into parts in furniture projects.

Are you looking for feedback? If not, please excuse me. I’m an educator and in some ways I consider myself an “academic woodworker,” since I read as much about woodworking as I actually work with wood. I found your article a bit unclear at first and reread parts several times. For an American I feel I’m rather good with metric measurements, but using millimeters for wood is still a challenge for those of us using the imperial system. I believe that us Yanks have a feel for what 3 1/4” is, but 200mm, not a clue. I read lots of British mags and sites and if I’m serious I’ll pull out a metric ruler.

When you drew the pictures with the router bits there didn’t seem to be a guide to ride on the template but the text referred to the guide.

In the first line you write that 2 templates are required. The accompanying photo shows the jig holder and one template. I initially thought the jig holder was one of two templates. I was surprised when you later introduced the second identical template. The cross section photo near the start shows the jig holder and the two templates, but you hadn’t yet introduced the second template and as a result the photo wasn’t clear at first. Certainly my confusion, but it think it would have been clearer to write that you will need to build 2 templates and a jig holder. Perhaps if the drawings indicated the various parts they would have been clearer.

I haven’t tried your method yet, but I’ll look at your other articles and give it a shot.

-- Glen

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#3 posted 03-13-2010 01:16 AM

Glen Many thanks for your comments on what I have written: It is always great to get some constructive feedback; as you are well aware as an educator it is easier to demonstrate the process than it is to write the procedures. Some of my material was written some years ago and I think I was putting to words how I would have demonstrated, or how I would have spoken at a seminar. Personally I find it easier to give a practical demonstration and have a talk about it rather than put it down in writing. Like your self I was an educator in High schools before I resigned and started my cabinet making business.
Re; working in millimetres. I am well aware of the problem by some American readers who have not taken up the challenge to convert the sizes to what system they are happy using. I was asked once to write my articles using the imperial measurement. This was quite impossible as Some of my calculations were down to 1/2mm. I was brought up and began my woodworking career using the Imperial system. I also did not possess any imperial Guides But more importantly I observed that all the template guides kits had no provision for any large template guides and I also observed many router bases did not have an opening large enough to take the larger guides. Some 40 plus years this was all changed when I made my journey to Australia and shortly after I arrived we changed to metric. So today if I spoke of 64ths of an inch in my presentations here I would have lost the interest of the majority of people interested in the method I have developed. (Unless they were of my vintage)
The Jig Holder is just the box to hold the various sections in position. (Just as a matter of interest this Jig Holder has been replaced with a new construction, though I have to rewrite the method when I get some time. and I am sure you and others will like the procedure I have developed) Back to the Jig Holder in question. There is no need to construct it using the metric system just convert it to what is easy for using.
The Jig is one of the two identical templates, simply to stop the need for turning the material over which was how I constructed the first frame.
So with the second template converted to a jig the material can be fixed to it. This will be used to insert the one or two rebates in the back of the frame. I had added two so that I could secure the backing material neatly in position.

Please give the method a try that is all I am asking of others Not to condemn the method without at least giving it a try


-- 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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