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Enclosed is a PDF file I have written on the introduction to Template guides that I had promised a number of router users. I hope it will change the minds of those who have never used the guides before and at least give them a try. You have seen what I have done with my postings on the projects completed. Just a reminder if you do think it too difficult to use consider I teach the blind to use this method. I construct all the Jigs and Templates of course.

Let me know what you think of the method

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Outstanding write-up, Tom. Excuse me, I mean Professor Tom! Thanks for your work creating a handy reference!

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excellent article! thank you
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Well done Tom. And thanks for all the effort and sharing it.
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Well done Tom. And thanks for all the effort and sharing it.
I would be more than interested if you would let me know the results of using the method whenever you use the introduction to the use of the guides . There are a great number of projects that can be achieved using this method.
To keep up with technology I have working on a new design of producing a method of holding the material etc therefore replacing the Jig Holder
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It has been a few months now since I submitted the 'Introduction to the Use of Template Guides' and I was interested if anyone had any comments on the use of the guides and maybe there could be some postings and photographs of projects completed with the use of the guides.

In a couple of weeks I will be giving some demonstrations at our local wood show here in Perth Western Australia.I have been working on new techniques on how to use the guides to produce some facinating joints for a table construction for example consider a mitre joint with a tenon added or a sliding dovetail. Both methods of production will be shown for the first time.

I have also overcome the problem of inseting three legs to a centre column fo a wine table The problem in the past has been clamping it together especially if a Mortice and Tenon joint or a dowelling joint is used. I have introduced a sliding dovetail.

I have also looked at the possibility of using the router in the 'Plunge' mode to complete some of the tasks that were required to be completed in the router table rounding over the edges of the legs for the three legged table as an example. I must stress that it has to be done with safety and in this instance I consider it much safer than using the router table. It is also more convenient as I do not have to insert the router under the table(If I only had one router).

To produce all the jigs and template I first design them on the computer then off to my workshop to make the necessary jigs and templates from material that is readily available in the local wood suppliers.

We have underestimated the potential of the Guides for years (that also includes myself in this statement) but since I have found the advantages of the guides I usually ask myself 'To complete this part of the project can I use the guide?' If I find it is safer then I will spend that extra time in the preparation of the jig or template.

I have also advocated the use of the 40mm Guide (1-37/64ths) for a great number of reasons. I must also say I would have great difficulty in some of the calculations if I were using the imperial measurement therefore all my calculations are in metric. I am also aware of the sizes of some cutters that are supplied are simply the imperial size with the metric equivalent and that sometimes makes things difficult but there are more and more metric cutters becoming available each year.

Most people I talk to and from what I see in the postings will use a straight cutter with the guide mainly to reproduce the same article over and over again slightly larger. (That is what I also used to do) Since I have found there is more to the use of the guides it has brought a greater deal of interest to my routing. I also find I have great satisfaction in the completion of the necessary Jigs.

My apology for the long winded posting I only meant to ask if there was anyone willing to share their experience with the use of the guides. I have submitted a number of projects and 'how to do' in the past to this forum.

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Tom, I am actively trying to get the tool manufacturers to import or manufacture the 40 MM guide bushing for the US/Canada. I am not having any success so far, perhaps it is time for a company that really listens to woodworkers?

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Tom, I am actively trying to get the tool manufacturers to import or manufacture the 40 MM guide bushing for the US/Canada. I am not having any success so far, perhaps it is time for a company that really listens to woodworkers?
That is great news Mike that you are prepared to do this.I hope you have success, if you need any help give them my Email address and I will certainly converse with them.

Your problem is not local. I was asked to complete some demonstrations at our local wood show next week. Here is me thinking at 73 now is the time to retire but I have accepted the invitation to demonstrate the new router produced by Hitachi. It is a great machine to use, and next week I will be showing the people of Western Australia the advantages of the Template Guides with the router.

I am aware of the many projects that can be completed with the router in the table but my weekend will be to show 'How to get more from your router' with the aid of template guides. and never once over the weekend will I have a router in the router table. I will be producing tables and wine racks for example.

Though I have produced a couple of CD-ROMs, one on the introduction to template guides and the second a collection of projects produced with the aid of the guides. Never once was the router table used.

This method is much SAFER and as you are well aware Blind people were using the method last year in my woodworking group.

I have tried and without success over the internet to convince people to use the guides, those who have seen my demonstrations agree that the use of the guides is by far safer than the table and are willing to try to use them.

I will pick up my $1000.00 video camera tomorrow and hopefully I will produce some DVDs illustrating the method I have been using for years. Suitable for those who are not into computing and are willing to view the method on their TV. But regretable this will not solve the problem as there are a great number of detailed drawings required to suppliment the visual output that I have produced on my CD-ROMs.

Mike please keep trying as I am sure router users will achieve greater projects and satisfaction with the use of the Guides.

Router manufacturers are unaware of the advantages of the template guides.
Hitachi Australia sold very few Guides in the years 2004 and 2005.

If it is the last thing I do on this earth I will introduce safety with the router with the aid of Template Guides
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What router can a 40mm bushing be used ? If 1 inch equals 25.4 mm, them I have no router that can use it, without making a custom base. a 7/8X1 is as big as I need!
Thanx Tom for the info on guide bushings and templates.
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What router can a 40mm bushing be used ? If 1 inch equals 25.4 mm, them I have no router that can use it, without making a custom base. a 7/8X1 is as big as I need!
Thanx Tom for the info on guide bushings and templates.
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I use the Makita or Hitachi router.

what you're saying is that you're router base has an aperture of less than 25mm. This will restrict you to the size of cutters you can use.

Trap. You are very welcome to the copy of my explanation on how to use the guides.
I will be posting details how I produced the templates and Jigs to achieve what was required to produce the carving.
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