I had a phone call from someone that requires special assistance with the use of the router and I would appreciate anyone who may have some previous experience. Karl is in a wheel chair and does not have use of his left hand. It is some time since we first met at a wood show when I was demonstrating the use of the router and he was to give me a call to come and see me in my workshop. Time went buy and he had not made contact, I have run into him on other occassions and at the last meeting he promised to come and see me. His latest phone call was to say he was coming next week Thurs to be exact. I am not one hundred percent sure as to what he will be able to do. I will keep you informed as to what I can get him to do.
As you may be well aware I was teaching blind people with great success I must admit, they were routing clocks, wine racks, picture frames, small boxes, also a guitar, small tables, and I was able to introduce them to producing mitres with the router, as it was considered safer for them than using the drop saw (in my opinion).
I am convinced that Karl will not be able to handle the large router so he is bringing along his 1/4" version. I also suggested that he may like to invest in a dremmel as he showed some interest in inlay for small boxes. This could be a start to get him going.
Sorry I have not made any contribution to the forum for a while but I can assure you I do look in everyday to see if I can help on any of the postings. I see they are well covered with the regulars. If there is anything to do with the use of the template guides I will add my comments.
I keep wondering if others are using the guides and producing interesting projects but alas I do not see any postings. If only I could stress more fully the importance and the advantages of the guides but I think I have posted enough to get people started.
One of my woodworking friends presented me with a problem two weeks ago, he had a glass container which was square in the bottom but had a circular top. He wanted to make a lid for it. I suppose the answer was turn it on the lathe but what happens when you do not possess a lathe? just forget about it? What would members of the forum think? Can it be done with the router?. The opening was near enough to 6" in diameter. I must confess we did work out a method with the router to be completed next week as there were two lids to make. Give it a try.
And only this week one of my sons arrived home and he wanted to make a special box. He wanted to mitre the corners and again my mitre saw was not suitable for cutting such large section of material. What was the answer? Rout the mitres of course. Well it was so lucky for him that I had made a jig for the blind people to produce mitres and that is what he did. He is not a great user of the router and as he said "I'm amazed at the process" I presented for him to use. It was so easy he said. He also added a small cross on the top of the box. (Carving with the router)
Last edited by template tom; 05-10-2008 at 05:25 AM.