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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings from a middle-aged newbie

Hi folks,

New to the group. I've done several DIY projects over the years and am at home with most every power tool, but I've only just recently become an empty nester and had the time and means to finally start to build up a real, sure enough woodworking shop.

I'm currently on the hunt for my second router to mount in my variant of the New Yankee Workshop router table - favoring one of two Craftsman electronic fixed/plunge combo router kits, and close to getting a Ridgid 4512 table saw to add to my portable Porter Cable 220 table saw. This is in preparation for two built-in cabinet projects - first will be in pine or birch plywood for a basement media room as the learning trial run for more formal oak cabinets for the family room upstairs. The first will be a room that stays dark most of the time so mistakes won't be as glaring but not much room for error on the family room project!

I welcome any tips, suggestions, or pointers from the group and happy to be a part of your forum!
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 09:08 PM
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Hello Keith... welcome to forums...
middle aged.. eh...
so how long have you been retired???

do yourself a huge favor down road and get a Bosch 1617EVSPK...
Factory Reconditioned Bosch 1617EVSPK-RT 12 Amp 2.25 HP Combination Plunge and Fixed-Base Router Kit

I trust you are aware that Sears sold it's tool line and nobody knows what's going to happen...
also, now a days, parts for Sears power tools can become unobtainable...
do a search here for sears.. you'll see what I'm talking about...
FWIW.. and IIRC, Ryobie makes those routers...
to be fair.. search for Bosch 1617 too...

2nd to none CS and support that's absolutely painless...
They respect us, the consumer...
they make tools that are real work horses...
they make tools that last a very long time... decades of hard heavy use..
they make tools that protect my bottom line...
I think/believe Bosch to be more an outstanding company that offer outstanding products...
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Welcome to the forum Keith.

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Enjoy the knowledge of others that can be found within.
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I am also fan of Bosch 1617 EVSPK kit with both fixed and plunge base. Very hard to beat that router for general use. I do have a Triton TRA001 router in my table. I has another full hp on the Bosch, but it also has a built in lift so you can adjust height from above the table. The cost for the Triton is about the same as for a lift alone for the Bosch or other router brand. I find the Triton too heavy for hand held use and kept my Bosch around for that purpose. But if you're getting just one the 1617 is a fave. There are others here who have and like other brands.
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I think the craftsman name has been spun off by sears. Sears may go under, but I think craftsman has a chance to survive. I've seen craftsman offered at non sears stores.

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Hello and welcome to the router forum Keith

Looking forward to your participation.
Filling out your profile to include (first name,tools and short bio is strictly (optional )but does help members to better relate to each other.
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Welcome to the forum Keith

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Hi Keith and welcome. Anytime you have a question just ask and we'll help. This is the friendliest, most helpful bunch you will ever get to be acquainted with.
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Welcome to the forum Keith.
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Welcome to the forum, Keith.

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