Join Date: Aug 2009
First Name: Tom ( Template Tom)
In reply to all the questions on "when/where were the Skis introduced".
Firstly I would like to say Yes Template Tom Developed the design of the skis that has been posted here on the forum.
Jack Cox came up with his innovative idea in a Routing magazine, this was called a "Pivot Jig" and it was centred round a circular board for inserting patterns on boards etc.
Ron Fox another contributor to the magazine also introduced his method of routing a board flat.
I will look through my magazines and post some information from the various articles presented this may take a little time but I would like to clear up any misunderstanding of who did what.
Just as a matter of interest if I had invented the Pivot Frame and presented it to this forum I would have been inundated with not so complimentary replies. Possibly the same ones I would have used if I replied to Jack's article. Don't get me wrong the pivot jig did allow the owner to do wonderful things with the router that was not considered possible using the traditional method. But the making of it was beyond the capabilities of a number of woodworkers. (Also what was presented was very restrictive as to what could be achieved, certainly not what we can do with the design we have put together.) And no I did not even attempt to make it.
Long before this Forum went to air when I was in the cabinet making business I looked at what was presented and I came up with my own version with the help of one of my retired teaching colleagues, who assisted me with the set of skis I designed and still have, (See the pics below with metal ends) again I could not present this version for others to make, so I 'Developed' the design you are using today. I think that was in my retirement days after the year 2000.
Even long before that I developed even a simpler set of skis which was simply 2 parallel supports placed at either side of my Jig Holder and two rods through the base of the router. But again that method was restrictive so hence you have the design that I came up with which is much simpler and easier to use.