Advanced Router Techniques

Advanced Router Techniques

⚙️ SHOW NOTES — EPISODE #150: You can create some great things with a router, and also a whole lot of damage in an instant! Before CNC machines became the rage, you had to get creative with your router to handle any tricky situations. At the time of this filming, Tom doesn’t own a CNC, so he’s full of resourceful, or as he would prefer to say, “advanced” methods for using a router. In this episode, assuming you too are an old school aficionado with the router, he demonstrates some of those advanced methods, doing his best to avoid any catastrophic damage! (Closed captioned)

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  1. susan frost on January 18, 2023 at 2:54 am

    Thank you, very useful.

  2. john clough on January 18, 2023 at 2:57 am

    Hey,great event.I wanna be like you when I grow up!!😀

  3. Alejandro Cantu on January 18, 2023 at 3:01 am

    Joining the neighborwood sounds like you have to channel your Elmer Fudd to make it happen.

  4. Geoff B on January 18, 2023 at 3:06 am

    Thanks for the router tips! “You’re a funny guy, Tommy.”

  5. Steve Johnson on January 18, 2023 at 3:07 am

    I always like SNL. But missed this past Thursday night. Just finished it and thoroughly enjoyed. This ones gets the gears grinding in my head. One of the best SNL.

  6. Poppa Michael on January 18, 2023 at 3:27 am

    Many, many thanks for another super session. I have been a hobbyist cabinet maker for over half a century, and you just expanded my kit of tools exponentially. I am in the agonizing process of designing and building a pedestal table for a small, but special, work of art, and you have just given me the spark of inspiration for the design. Love what you do for all of us humble woodworkers.

  7. Richard Rider on January 18, 2023 at 3:27 am

    Really enjoyed watching(weekend woodworker,) and learned A LOT….cheers…rr Normandy, Fra.

  8. J S on January 18, 2023 at 3:31 am

    Thanks for the video. I truly hate a router, however, I constantly come right back to it.

  9. Steve Dolby on January 18, 2023 at 3:32 am

    Love that base!
    Great ideas.

  10. Steve Skope on January 18, 2023 at 3:41 am

    Hi Tom, missed you live, I tuned in late, just got done watching. The router jigs you came up with are amazing, great ideas, I learned a lot on router techniques, thank you. Looking forward to the two different ways you create the Queen Ann legs.
    See you and Kris this coming Tuesday for the Queen Ann foot stool course. Have a wonderful 4th of July, Independence Day.

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