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RTB101C22 Router Basics

March, 12 - March, 13 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST


Do you know everything your router can do?

The router is an indispensable part of today’s woodshop, but this versatile tool has even more applications than most people realize.

Join master craftsman, Raul to learn all about the safe and creative use of the router, as well as the bits, jigs, and fixtures that make this tool so incredibly useful.

No matter what experience you’ve had with the router, you’ll leave this two-day class as a confident and competent router user.

Each day will feature a mix of presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on practice — including making and assembling your own box for storing router bits.

Bring your own router and bits or use ours. If you would like to purchase a router in advance of the class and would like some guidance on what to buy, feel free to email director@sw-sw.org. We’ll be happy to help.

You will learn: Router functions and safety; basic router use; cutters, collars, collets, and fences and how to use them; and design, construction, and use of basic router jigs.

You will learn:
Introduction to routers, router safety, and an overview of the different kinds of bits and jigs

  • proper care of the collet
  • installing bits
  • Practice edge routing
  • making a sole plate (router base)
  • custom router bases
  • pattern routering
  • inlay with the router
  • dovetails

    Tools required: Tool kit supplied by the school. However, if you have your own router and bits, you are encouraged to bring them.

Please bring ear and eye and hearing protection and a safety mask.

Class size: Maximum 8

Please read and understand our Refund and Cancellation policies. By making payment you acknowledge that you have read and understood these policies.

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard class policies, we are taking additional precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. Effective May 26, 2020:

  • All benches and shared tools will be sanitized before and after each class.
  • All students, instructors, and staff are required to wear a properly-fitted mask that securely covers the nose and mouth while inside the school.
  • Anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms—even if it is believed to be allergy-related—will not be allowed to enter the building.

Thank you for your understanding.


Raul Ramirez

Meet your Instructor

Raúl has been a professional furniture maker since 1990. A member and former president of the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers, and a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and the Furniture society, Raúl specializes in custom furniture and antiques restoration, and is particularly interested in traditional hand-tool techniques. He began to teach himself woodworking during the 1970’s while working in the aerospace industry and eventually changed careers to devote himself to the craft. In 2008, with the help of other accomplished woodworkers, he founded the School in order to bring the highest level of woodcraft education to Arizona and to create opportunities for the next generation of woodworkers to learn from some of today’s most respected masters.


March 12, 2022@9:00 am MST
March 13, 2022@5:00 pm MST
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