The router is the most often used and, without a doubt, the most versatile tool in the shop today. In this informative workshop, Andy will distinguish the differences between the trim, general, plunge, and “D” handle routers as well as safety and maintenance. Students will learn about the large selection of router bits available today and which ones work best for the job at hand. Speed, torque, feed direction, and rate will be discussed as well as carbide versus high-speed steel, bit diameter, shaft size, collet types, and sharpening. This class is designed around basic router techniques and uses for those who are unsure or unsteady with a router. Andy will cover the three basic kinds of router jigs and make one of each to illustrate this simple process. Students will have hands-on time and experience and should bring their own router and bits. Students who do not own a router can use one provided by the school or are encouraged to buy an inexpensive router (DEWALT DWP611PK 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed Compact Router Combo Kit with LED’s, $178) to use during this class.