Router Basics Workshop - A Weekend with Routers
Instructor: Craig Vandall Stevens / Alan Turner
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (day)
Maximum Class Size: 12
For many would-be woodworkers, the router is the first tool purchased. It is both affordable and amazingly versatile. But then, after the purchase, one realizes that a fair amount of knowledge is needed to use this tool and especially to use it safely. Often the router collects dust and is not used, out of a lack of knowledge and a sense of caution. If you are that person, this is your course. Or, if you know you need a router but are unsure of what is best for your needs, we will address that in detail. And we will discuss bits, accessories, brands, and all things router related.
On Saturday, we will examine the history of the router, learn how it works, and explore the router as a hand-held tool. The class will perform a series of exercises and learn to use the router freehand such as for a hinge mortise, using a bearing guided bit to cut an edge profile, learning to fabricate guide bushing templates and use them to cut mortises. We will briefly explore the dovetail template.
Then, of Sunday, we will finish up with the hand-held router and turn to the router table. If a given cut can be made either with a hand-held router or a table mounted router, at PFW we would nearly always opt for the table mounted router. Students learn to set up a router table for safe cuts, and perform a series of exercises so that all have an opportunity for hands on experience. As shown, pattern routing is quite effective in achieving accurate and repeatable results.
At the end of this weekend you will be able to safely dust off that router and get right to work!
Tools list - For this course there is no tool list, but feel free to bring your router if you like and we can take a look at it together. Safety glasses are always appropriate.
Cost: $395, including lunch and all materials.
There are three ways to register for this class.
• One can click on the sign up button.
• Give us a call at 215-849-5174.
• Send us an email and we will forward the registration materials.
Weekend of October 28-29, 2017 9 am - 4 pm
Shown here is a stable of Bosch Colt plunge base trim routers. If your work can be done with a 1/4" shank bit, this is a good choice.
Shown here is a router with guide bushing, and a simple but effective guide bushing template to be used for cutting precise mortises.
This is a pattern routing set-up. Note that the table leg overhangs the pattern. The router will make short work of trimming it to the exact shape of the pattern to which it is securely clamped.
Here we are about half way through the cut.
We stopped the cut to show the progress. The left side of the leg is not yet shaped.
In just a short while, a perfectly shaped leg. Make as many as you need.