One Day Router Course – The Wrap

I was very fortunate to be generously invited to attend the One Day Router Workshop, run by a very recognisable personality in Australian Woodworking – Richard Vaughan. The course was organised by Professional Woodworker Supplies and the Woodworking Warehouse.

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The course was well attended (and fully booked), so it was not only a good day to pick the brains of a professional woodworker, buy lots of well discounted tools, but also just have an enjoyable day hanging out with and meeting fellow woodworking aficionados.

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There were jigs, jigs, door prizes, more jigs, more door prizes, many sighs of enlightenment, and a few more jigs.

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The General Manager from MagSwitch was also along, and again, another great opportunity to get some in-depth information into one of those highly successful stories of Australian engineering and design.

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Even during ‘downtime’ (lunchbreak etc), there were still demos, jigs to play with, and more brain picking opportunities!

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Discussions on pattern copying, and copying bits

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Pattern duplication, producing a master then repeating elements

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Richard’s ever-popular mortising jig, made from polycarbonate so you can see the workpiece held below the lower rails.

Much of what Richard spoke about was for hand-held routing, and he had a library of jigs for all sorts of applications. Table-mounted routing was also covered to a lesser degree. As much as it was showing how individual operations can be done, and how jigs facilitate this, it was more the intent to open up the overall awareness that the router is an incredibly versatile tool, and it is a matter of thinking how to a. hold the workpiece, and b. guide the router, which is Richard’s definition of “What is a Jig”

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Richard has lots of other sayings as well (some not repeatable!) including “If a glue joint fails, it’s you, not the glue”, “bend ‘d knees”, “use a cutting gauge (cutty – cutty), not a marking gauge (teary – teary)”. I know some of these sound weird out of context, but it is these tiny insights that are so valuable to realise what separates an ordinary woodworker, from an extraordinary one.

It is interesting attending a router course, and not actually seeing a router actually turned on for the entire course. Such is the amount of information, presented in such a dynamic way, that I doubt a single person actually cared whether they saw a router being used. There is obvious scope for this course to be extended, with time then spent in demonstrating and/or for attendees to actually try out techniques and jigs under expert tutelage, but that would be for another day- there was certainly no more room in this one to fit in another thing (nor could the brain absorb another thing!).

So thanks to Grahame, Wanita, and of course Richard, and not forgetting all the others who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make for a seamless and successful day.

 

BTW, this is some of Richard’s work (and it’s construction techniques were covered during the course). Makes some of us look like amateur wood choppers.

4 Responses

  1. Sounds like a great day! I would have liked to have been there just to see the jigs. You know, they’re like clamps, you can never have enough!

  2. If you own a router, then you need to attend Richard’s course. I went to the Sydney a few years ago and brought back a mountain of knowledge.

    It’s hard to believe that I learnt so much, without the sound of one of the noisy buggers all day! Richard is also the best presenter that I know of in the woodwork field.

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