Thursday, 14 January 2016

The Best 10 wood router tips and tricks for professional and beginner woodworkers alike!

I often get asked by woodworkers about routing and how to get the best results, whether it's from my Youtube channel comments, or the students that I teach. So here's My simple guide for getting great results with your router!

1.  1/4" or 1/2"? Many people say get the bigger, half inch routers, but I am of a different opinion.  Get the kind of router you are comfortable with using! It may be a small "trim router", a larger 1/4" router or a 2000W/ 2.5HP 1/2" beast.  Small routers can do far more than many people give them credit for, and big routers are heavy - if your going to use it for hanging doors, 6.5Kgs is a lot of weight to be swinging above your head!  Keep in mind the next few tips, and that little 800W router will also perform well in a table (which we'll cover at a later date!)There are advantages also to having the larger shanked 1/2" cutters, size, vibration, stability; agreed, but we can get along as well, just read on!Regardless which router you have, or choose, being familiar with it is by far the most important thing.

There are many, sometimes confusing options when choosing a router.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

4 Steps to better routing and longer lasting cutters.

There are different cutters available to anyone with a router. Sizes, profiles, guided, the list is enormous.But they all share one common thing. COST!You can not only get confused into getting cutters you don't always need, but what ever you do have, you'll want to look after. that way you cutter collection, and indeed your router will last you much longer before needing to be replaced.

Burnt cutters will dull faster.

Check your cutters!
Regularly, before and after use. Look for signs of wear and damage. Tungsten is hard which makes it brittle even a small nick in the cutting edge can make simple cuts look horrible.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

A quick and exclusive peek at the X-Carve in motion

I'll be making more regular posts to the website over the coming weeks and months.
There's a few things I want to try and clean up and organise. One of these is the way things are listed in sections. Until then Here's a sneak peek at a router jig I'm trying out being CNC'd out on the X-Carve:

It's unlisted on my channel, and there'll be more about this and what it's for in future public videos. But once again, I'm trying something a little different - So please bare with, and enjoy for now (you'll want the sound on! :-)

And don't forget to subscribe if you've not already!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Crime DOES pay, if you're a dummy working for a 100 year old family business.

So If like me you grown up in the Cambridge area, you will be familiar with the name "Mackays of Cambridge" there's been a store on this site since 1912 and it's been in the same family since day one.

1912. Image Courtesy of Mackays of Cambridge Ltd.
During it's time it's had connections to Dr Stephen Hawkins and various departments from the University of Cambridge, as a whole. As a specialist Engineering company and Ironmongers, Mackays has had connections to revolutionary spiral staircase design, Radio telescopes and 'Special projects' requested by people in suits during the war years.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

New Kitchen: New services

I'm assuming you've read the first part of the kitchen make over, if not you can find it HERE.

So with the delivery date set, the first half of the room decorated, it was time to remove the old kitchen. I decided to leave it as late as possible before the delivery so we had a cooker and sink up to the last possible day. Even though I knew there was likely to be a lot of work to do on the walls behind the old units.