Woodworking: Router Basics

  • Monday, July 19, 2021
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Monday, July 19, 2021, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO071921DJ
  • 2


  • $130 + $20 materials fee
  • $100 + $20 materials fee


* This class has a prerequisite. Please see below.

Because they cut fast and loud, routers can be one of the scariest woodworking tools. But they are also one of the most versatile. With a router, you can create your own molding for picture frames, cut joints, detail edges, create inlays, make multiple matching parts, and much more. Whole books are written about routers and what they can do.

This class focuses on the basics and safe practices so you can confidently set up and use both hand-held routers and table-mounted routers. The class is limited to four students to ensure hands-on time for everyone.

At the first session, you will learn how to use the router table safely. You will change router bits, adjust the fence, and run softwood and hardwood samples, to see how the effects vary. While the class won't focus on creating a project, you will wind up with skills that you can use later to create picture frames or  other projects.

The second session will focus on hand-held routers. You will learn about the different types and will install and adjust edge bits. You will shape edges and create edge rabbits.


  • Ages 14+ are welcome.
  • * Open to those who have taken Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
  • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Everyone is required to wear masks, wash or sanitize hands frequently, maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals, and stay home if they are sick. Overall BARN safety policies are here. Studio-specific safety policies are here.
  • In addition to the mask requirement, you must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

Instructor: Don Johnson has been using routers for more than 30 years to create a variety of furniture pieces and table stands. He especially appreciates the way using a router adds a level of sophistication to any wood project  He's  found that routers are perfect for creating rabbits for glass or stone insets.

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