Universal Router Guide


Universal Router Guide

What Does The U.R.G. Do?
Any standard router fits between two pieces of aluminium angle that are fixed to an aluminium box and the timber being machined is clamped in three self-centring vices. It is used in conjunction with a router to machine grooves. When an U.R.G is purchased, a 35-page booklet is included outlining its scope and new project ideas.
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Improve learning outcomes in practical woodwork classes

The U.R.G. allows students to complete projects quicker and safer than traditional methods of construction so they have time to incorporate emerging technology like laser cutters, CNC Shark, inlays and dovetails in draws. The guide is used by the student not the teacher.

Final product features

The U.R.G. is a quality piece of engineering. The body is constructed from 10mm aluminium plate and the three self-centring vices allow no play due to linear slides, sealed bearings and grease nipples for maintenance.


The U.R.G. has been approved by the education department through a risk assessment and the booklet has a S.W.M.S. that students can sign off on prior to use. The main W.H.S. advantage is using a router the way a router is supposed to be used not inverting it in a table.

Testing and prototyping

The U.R.G has been used extensively for modelling and student use over the last six months.

For more information don't hesitate to contact us.

Universal Router Guide (Smaller Model)

After a year of sales and use in the classroom a new model was designed. It was evident that most things that the guide was capable of doing only required two vices. The original model is obviously superior over the new model, although the price at $3500 was proving to be expensive for private use and some schools to purchase.

The new smaller model works exactly the same however it may be more time consuming when doing some processes.

1. Original model $3500

Length 1200mm
Maximum length of machining 1100mm
A datum point or stop at the left hand end

2. New model $2500

Length 700mm
Maximum length of machining 550mm
No stop - the edge of the vice becomes
The datum point, reducing the overall
Cost of the unit

The photo below left shows a leg that has been machined for the bedside table on the right. If the operator was using the smaller guide the top groove would be machined first and then the timber rotated through 180 degrees and the bottom rail machined. The timber would overhang in the guide as it is only 700mm long not 1200mm. The end result would be the same.

Router Cutters

You would normally pay $180 locally. Buy all four cutters for $140 + G.S.T. The double fluted cutters on the right are extension cutters to minimise router plunge. One is 19mm and the other is a 12mm cutter. The cutters on the left are the rounding over bits for a 12mm and 19mm board.

Order by one of three ways: Call Steve Somerfield 0435045522, order through websites order form or email info@universalrouterguide.com.au

Router Cutters


  • CR 1 Small rounding over bit.
  • CR 2 Large rounding over bit.
  • SB 1 19mm double fluted extension cutter.
  • SB 2 12mm double fluted extension cutter

Information Video

Information Video

OnGuard Safety

Risk Assessment

Roger Roberts, a machine safety expert employed by the Department of Education, has completed a risk assessment on the URG.

Read Risk Assessment Report

Patent Pending

Application Number - 2017213561
Design Examination - 201617381

Safety Use Form

Safe Use PDF

Woodworker Article

Woodworker Article

Aust. Woodsmith Article

Australian Woodsmith Article

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