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Anybody Interested?

February 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Router Tips

In a Jig building program…

I have one request about developing a Jigs and Fixture building program. We would be featuring the show that uses a specific jig and or fixture then develop the video on how the jig and or fixture was constructed. To do this we need commitment from a minimum number of interested router enthusiasts.

The course videos will be constructed like the videos that I create for the Router Forums. You can see example videos from Harry Sinclair and Mike McGrath, click this link to see their videos…

I am thinking of making the jigs and fixture course into three categories, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The first one we outline will be the beginner level, which will be done once I see an interest. The content will be using a membership format with drip feed content.

So what does drip feed mean?

Well the drip feed course is a 4 week course with new content being delivered once every 5 days. The content starts to be delivered once you sign up with topic one being delivered immediately after signing up. The next topic is then delivered 5 days later and we might even have content quizzes. The content is to continued ever 5 days until the course is complete…need one on one coaching that might be available as well…

Further to this I need to know an amount you would be willing to pay for each course and no this is not a free course…To even think about development we need at least 25 interested Router Enthusiasts to comment that they are interested within this posts,

Please comment if you are interested…


20 Responses to “Anybody Interested?”

  1. Jerry Ericsson on February 16th, 2012 12:38 pm

    Man I would love to see such a course, however my cash situation has no room for such a luxury. We are having a hard enough time buying groceries and paying for the internet let alone another payment. Guess we old farts on Social security will be left by the wayside. I do love your original series and watch one or two every week, some times daily and have always wished that you would have shown more on how to build those jigs. I have searched the web and been able to locate some online videos by others on how to make them so I guess I shall have to use those. I know from watching you and your pop on the original series that your would be so much better though.


  2. Clark Douglas on February 16th, 2012 1:02 pm

    Yes, I’d be interested. Bob uses them a lot and when ever he starts a show out with a complicated one, I get a little discouraged. Cuz with out the jig, the rest of the operations can’t be done.

    And when I think of “jig” I tend to think of “pattern” but I know they are not the same.

    What would I pay…hmmm…at least $50 and maybe $75.
    As to pricing, I have a little residual annoyance that I bought your TV videos last year at original price and it seemed you dropped it at least once after that. And you are reconfiguring that now it seems, so they are all on a flash drive. Seems to me original purchasers ought to get that at a discount.

    But I realize you guys are a business and not a charity and things have to pay for them selves.

    Good luck.

  3. Douglas McClintock on February 16th, 2012 1:13 pm

    Hi Rick,

    Since I have quite a few videos (DVD’s) already, I’d be willing to pay $9.95 for each video.


  4. Tom Veling on February 16th, 2012 2:54 pm

    I’m interested! Your current price point for the weekly TRW series is perfect. How you calibrate the jig to get consistent results adds significant value to your TRW series. Fine Woodworking is including Sketchup models with their plans now. It would be great to have a library of the jig plans as part of the new subscription. I use it often and would be willing to contribute to making first drafts of drawings.

    - Tom
    Arbor Wood & Restoration
    Thanks Tom,

    What do you mean? Contribute to make the first drafts of drawings? Sounds Interesting?


  5. roger moss on February 16th, 2012 4:17 pm

    sounds great if not to expensive how would u pick the jigs
    Not sure Rodger the picking of the jigs will be based upon the difficulty with the first being the beginner level…Rick

  6. admin on February 16th, 2012 4:29 pm

    I have just received a couple of comments that are a bit upset that I didn’t include the building of the jigs/fixtures in the TV series. I have elected not to include these comments as I know the constraints around the TV production is many.

    It has been over 8 years since we produced the Router Workshop and I see this as an opportunity to add the missing info about the shop made jigs/fixtures that wasn’t possible to include in the TRW series…

    Having Said that I have people who have been able to re construct selected jigs and fixtures with the TV information supplied. From the stair construction to the drawer construction and the most important one is Jack from Orlando who built all jigs for the nut and candy carousel 807 and 808 from just the TV show…an amazing challenge…

    So if you are interested in this project please post here…

    Please note: negative comment on why these details weren’t included in the TV series will not be added…

    Regards, Rick

  7. Tom Veling on February 16th, 2012 5:15 pm


    I would be willing to contribute to the development of Sketchup models for the jigs. I believe if models are “contributed” you can serve them freely to your subscribers without any licensing issues. I belong to the Woodwisperer Guild and we have site that the projects have .skp files we can download and modify if we choose. You could post them in a protected area of the RouterForums.com that subscribers to the jig series could access with their Id & PW.


    This is the kind of positive feedback and support we need. If this project gets a bit of momentum I will take you up on the offer Tom…Thanks, Rick

  8. Bruce Beatty on February 16th, 2012 5:31 pm

    Rick, I am interested in the jig video series and like Tom, I make sketchup drawings of you projects and jigs from the videos. As far as price …. hmmm it has to be reasonable they are after all just jigs and if a person thinks about what it has to do they can design their own. I’m thinking about $5 per jig video. Like Tom I would be willing to share sketchup drawings for a barter type arrangement. Bruce
    Absolutely there is always room for payment to those that share their talents…thanks Bruce, Again this needs to have the interested party to comment here…Again only positive comments will be posted. Rick

  9. Joe Snare on February 16th, 2012 5:57 pm

    I am ready. How much and when will it start… Every video you make is a positive learning for me. I am sure that this will be no exception.

  10. anthony dominic on February 16th, 2012 6:03 pm

    i would like to learn about your intended program

    No outline yet but will probably be based upon my last attempt at this project…I will create an outline when and if we get enough interested in participating…thanks for the interest…Rick

  11. CanuckGal on February 16th, 2012 6:49 pm

    Of course I would be very interested in this series. As for price…I would prefer if you could just buy the ones you want and not have to buy them all. As long as you have permanent access to the videos after you have paid for them I think $5.00 each is reasonable if they came with a sketchup plan. With a printable plan they would be much more useful.

    Thanks Deb for your comments you have great suggestions…Rick

  12. Richard Buchanan on February 16th, 2012 9:05 pm

    At this point I would like to learn more before committing. I am retired and finances are limited,, however, if I can help others to enjoy the woodworking experiance more I would be glad to help.

    This is just the beginning there will be an outline and objectives written before doing this…Rick

  13. Chuck Stefanato on February 16th, 2012 10:07 pm

    I’m interested, and I think a reasonable price would be in the range of $5.00 to $7.00 per jig. This is especially interesting since many of the jigs in the series are no longer available for purchase.
    This series will be about the shop made jigs and jig construction principles only…no manufactured jigs…Rick

  14. HLK on February 17th, 2012 1:57 am

    Well – I have all of your DVD’s – the first two/three were great. The ones that follow are OK. I then signed up for your ‘weekly’ router series and find a lot of repeated material … I think you guys are whizzes at router work .. however I am not sure that the weekly series is worth the money.

    So … am I interested in a jig series – yes, but I’d have to see some content lists and subject proposals along with a reasonable price before I’d make a decision.


  15. fritzy on February 17th, 2012 10:47 am

    I would be interested if I knew which jigs you would be making.

    I will outline the whole process but I am thinking about teaching jig and fixture principles and using our current jigs/fixtures as samples. Jig/fixture principles like the left/right pattern and router drilling techniques. Explain these then show a sample that was used on the show…then maybe add a drawing of the sample jig/fixture.

    For this course to be effective you need to understand the process of constructing jigs/fixtures and not the exact size of a specific jig/fixture…Just my thoughts, Rick

  16. WILLIE PINKSTON on February 17th, 2012 2:13 pm

    I be leave this is a must have series I’ll do it.5.00 to 7.00 per jig , would be good if can be arranged to be paid for like the series membership.

    Thanks Willie,

    Yes this will be a one time fee for 4 to 5 weeks of drip feed content…Rick

  17. memike on February 18th, 2012 12:24 pm

    Rick I agree with your statement “you need to understand the process of constructing jigs/fixtures and not the exact size of a specific jig/fixture”.

    You built jig/fixtures based on a need and there are several ways to approach making a jig/fixture to accomplish that need. You need to explain when to make a quick jig/fixture to use one time and when to make a jig/fixture that will be used over and over again with the capability to change size /position to cover different situations.

    I have bought ready made jigs before because time would be used in making the project and not making the jig/fixture itself. Now that I am retired funds are limited so I will be making more of the jigs that I need to use for the projects I will be working on.

    I know how to make jigs/fixtures however everyone approaches a task in a different way and you can learn how to best make the jig/fixture for your own use.
    You can modify your own jigs/fixtures to add more capabilities if you see an idea used by someone else.

    I think the series would be a good idea however the price needs to be low enough that more people can afford the cost. If the price is too high then you might as well buy a ready made jig for the lower price.



    Thanks for your comments Mike,

    Regards, Rick

  18. admin on February 18th, 2012 2:41 pm

    Looking back in my files I have found my first kick at the cat for the e-course about Jigs/fixtures and think I will relaunch it to see the amount of interest.

    Regards, Rick

  19. Pam Payne on March 4th, 2012 6:41 pm

    Hi Rick

    I’m interested as I love the other videos to which I have access. I’m Downunder so my one request is that any items you use in jig construction are described in generic terms eg hardwood, softwood rather than simply “cherry”, “white oak” etc. The same goes for any hardware that might be required as I usually have to substitute with something available locally if a jig calls for a “special” item. Plans to print would be great even if one has to alter the dimensions according to one’s needs.


  20. Keith Heyer on March 26th, 2012 7:16 am

    I would definitely be interested in the jigs/fixtures class. I have no experience when it comes to making jigs. I think this class might be just the ticket………..

    I did buy the flash drive with all the seasons on it and so far it is a real joy to watch and learn from you both….