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Time goes by so quickly ...

Ten years ago I ran my first router course. On April 19, 2008 I welcomed five members of the East Rand Woodworkers' Association to my workshop and taught them how to cut tapered dovetail housings. I have since added another eleven courses and developed a portfolio of jigs that I sell. A total of 529 woodworkers have learnt to get the most out of their routers. 2017 was a year of upheaval: we sold our home in Bedfordview and I had to re-establish a workshop in Midrand.

I hope you will join me some time in my second decade of sharing some 60 years of woodworking knowledge and skill.

 

The router is the tool that has had the greatest impact on both DIY and professional woodworking. With a router you can groove, rebate, and trim as well as cut decorative mouldings, tenons, mortices, a wide range of other joints and perform many more wood machining operations. To achieve this flexibility the router often needs to be augmented with jigs (some as simple as a scrap piece of wood and two C-clamps), guides and patterns. This provides me with the scope to offer a variety of courses and services.

Router school. A range (introductory, intermediate and advanced) of half-day router courses. Exploit the potential of your router and bring a new degree of proficiency and skill to a wide range of woodworking projects. I offer both one-on-one courses (or courses for small cohesive groups) on weekday mornings (plus limited Saturday slots) and multi-student courses on a Saturday morning.

Other courses. In addition to router courses I teach these important courses: Fundamentals of woodworking joints. What joint should I use?
Understanding and using wood. Learn more about the material you use.
Using a bandsaw. Make the most of this versatile saw.
Using a planer/thicknesser. Good work starts with good stock preparation.

Router shop. Router table top/fence packages, router bits, router accessories, clamps  and a range of router jigs such as morticing jigs.

Services. Consulting, design, help with a project, ad-hoc machining, purpose-built jigs and patterns and ad-hoc training on machines such as a planer/thicknesser and table saw. Solving problems with wood movement (warping and cracking) is a major focus.

Classified ads. I often get asked "Don't you know where I can get ....."? To try and help with these and similar questions I have added a classified advertisements section to my website. I hope it will help you find what you are looking for.

Articles. An index to help you find one of my The Home Handyman articles in your library.

 Last updated 19 April 2018