I will not be teaching for the next few weeks, and because this blog is primarily a “teaching” tool – a way that I try to engage you, the students in the tasks at hand, I sometimes find it hard to write pertinent and “interesting” posts that will keep you reading. This has alway been a challenge for me, and up until now, I have reached into my past experiences to share some of the things I have seen, done or built, or I have shown you what I might be currently working on. I sometimes will take you on a trip with me to tell a story or illustrate a concept. (I will be on holiday in the next few weeks, visiting my daughter who lives in San Francisco, so you might get some stories/photos from the west coast!)
Although I expect to continue doing this, I also have a “new” tool! I have been sharing over the past few weeks some links to the “Instructables” web site, and I find that I have been regularly looking at this site as there are lots and lots of great ideas and projects for the curious, or even some projects that are fantastic for the carpenter/woodworker looking to advance his/her understanding and perhaps even a measure of independence from the big tool manufacturers as the project often involve the making of your own tools.
This is the case this week, where you are “instructed” as to how to make your own router template out of simple materials. Check out this link:
It’s a neat little tool that pretty much anyone can make that will allow you to use a standard router to do some detailing on pieces with router bits that do not have a bearing. A template such as this is available commercially and cost well over $100.00. All this one requires is a table saw, some good quality plywood and patience!!
Pretty interesting stuff!