SUBTRACTION: CUTTING WEEK ONE - HAND ROUTER / by Maya Pruitt

This week’s assignment was to get comfortable making hand router. I decided to essentially “sketch” with a power tool. I didn’t have an end result in mind, I just wanted to use some scrap wood, and experiment with the capabilities of the router and the circle jig. Watching how the tool was used in class to create many curves that can overlap reminded me of mazes of mandalas.

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I attempted to create a version of this. I nailed my piece of wood down to the large board in the shop (name?). In some respects this was one of the more difficult things, because I had trouble getting screws to go through both pieces of wood. I left a lot of screw showing above the surface of my piece and decided to use two placed diagonally as their own jig or stop. This limited the range of the curves I could make.

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The initial moves were intimidating, as is any moment trying something new, but quickly it felt quite natural and it was exciting to have precision feel so easy.

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My goals were to play with depth of line and to cut a full circle out. The nail jig/stop method was both helpful and very annoying as I had to keep placing them in different positions if I wanted to create a full circle.

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This proved to be especially difficult cutting the full circle out. There is a small nick when the wood got away from me as it was breaking apart from its frame. I wonder if there is a good strategy for this?

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Overall, I really enjoyed the process, especially just letting my imagination run. This piece is definitely evidence of the transformative powers of sanding as well.

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