Router day, how to safely use and maintain a router

Router day, how to safely use and maintain a router


A one day course on how to safely use & look after hand routers.
Have you bought a router, used it incorrectly, scared yourself and put in in the shed never to be used again? Or simply want to learn how to use a router safely and with confidence? Want to have a go before deciding to buy one? Then this course is for you.
The day will include an introduction to a router and it’s multiple uses, how to use a router correctly and safely, the different types of cutters and how to use them, maintenance, hand routing, table routing, how to use jigs and fences plus an introduction to the wood rat.

The course is run from a fully equipped workshop just outside Penrith, a stone’s throw from Ullswater. I am a Cabinet Maker and have been teaching cabinet making and box making for 10 years, so have plenty of experience in teaching at all levels. We have routers to use in the workshop or you can bring your own if you have one. The aim of the course is to give you the knowledge and confidence to use a router safely.
The courses are on set dates, but there is the possibility of other dates if none suit. Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a different date.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Any materials used.
Tea and coffee on tap, biscuits/snacks included but please bring your own lunch or there is a Greggs and Burger king 2 mins away.


Mark Farrelly at Lakeland Cabinet Makers


The Wood Workshop
7 & 8 Redhills Business Park
CA11 0DT

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (9:00am to 5:00pm)

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In-person course
Jon Hart - - #31498

Complete novice with regards to using a router but as I was determined to start using it regularly in the coming year I found this course and was not disappointed =.
Mark was an excellent instructor, very patient and overflowing with knowledge and useful hints and tips.
The day met my expectations and having walked in with no knowledge of holding a new router, I walked out confident in undertaking work at home with no risk of injuring myself! Very pleased and can thoroughly recommend.

In-person course
Ben Carr - - #31389

Been on this course and wow it was excellent, loved every min off it and got confidence using the router safely and properly, the teacher (Mark Farrelly) was excellent as well and a good laugh so it wasn't boring. Free cup of coffee and tea which good too, would highly recommend this Course. I hope to join on another course with the lakeland cabinet makers.

In-person course
Mark Gregory - - #30700

Really enjoyable course, learning the basics of using a router. No previous knowledge needed as you are stepped through the processes, not only of a hand held router but the use of a router table as well. Mark knows his stuff and delivers the course to suit his audience. He listens to them to find out what they want to get out of the course and adapts to cover all their needs. The experience has given me the confidence to get on with my own projects. Definitely recommend this course.

In-person course
Chris Roberts - - #27091

Great course. A very interesting day that has given me greater confidence to use my router, and to understand not only its potential but also its limitations. We also learned the advantages and disadvantages of different types of routers and different techniques through demonstration and hands-on experience. An added bonus was some excellent tips on care of hand tools.

In-person course
Michael Bidny - - #27005

A very worthwhile course which was " hands on ". I started to understand just how versatile my router could become, and with Mark's guidance a completely new world was opening up. Thank you Mark.
Would I recommend this course to others - Yes.
Would I attend any further courses ? - Absolutely yes
5 Stars.

In-person course
Sue Bloxham - - #25165

I ended up having this course on a one to one basis which was excellent as I was able to go at exactly the right pace and take into account what I already knew. Mark helped me use and assess my own router and the bits I had been given. We covered and practised all the various techniques and he shared lots of useful tips, waiting for me to make copious notes for later reference. I highly recommend it.

In-person course
Marie Duffield - - #23440

I bought a router a couple of years ago, had quite a scary incident with it and it has been in my shed in its box ever since. I decided it was time to 'get back on the horse' and did a router course with Mark. It was excellent. He was flexible with dates and I was lucky to have one on one tuition. I came away feeling completely confident to use my router again, and have learned lots more about its capabilities. I would highly recommend this course.

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