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OK, here I go. I bought a new Skil router last September and have a bit set that I got for Chrsitmas. I have a book that I got at a used book store, a Time-Life book, Routing and Shaping. It looked like the simplest and had great illustrations. Question: what is the best way to start to learn the basics after or while reading the book? Straight boards to practice different edge contours? Appreciate your help. Never owned a router so I'm starting from scratch.
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Grab some boards and practice. See what kind of cuts the differant bits create. You don't have to make anything. Just get the feel of your router.
Go make a few cuts and come back and tell us your thoughts.
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OK, here I go. I bought a new Skil router last September and have a bit set that I got for Chrsitmas. I have a book that I got at a used book store, a Time-Life book, Routing and Shaping. It looked like the simplest and had great illustrations. Question: what is the best way to start to learn the basics after or while reading the book? Straight boards to practice different edge contours? Appreciate your help. Never owned a router so I'm starting from scratch.
Hi John, welcome to the forum.
Sofa is right, Get some scrap and get a feel for the thing. Just a couple of safety things.
Make sure the workpiece if FIRMLY clamped down and the clamps will not interfere with where you want to go with the thing.
Make sure the way the workpiece is clamped there will be nothing to interfere with the bit.
Review the book as to which direction to route. The bit on the router rotates counter-clockwise. You need to feed against the rotation of the bit. There is probably a little arrow cast or stamped in the base of the router showing bit rotatation, it is also generally the direction you need to be going.
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Thanks for the advice. Have lots of odds & ends of wood. Don't have a fireplace or woodstove so prqctice wood accumulates rather quickly.
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Thanks for the advice. Have lots of odds & ends of wood. Don't have a fireplace or woodstove so prqctice wood accumulates rather quickly.

I have a dad with a fireplace...He likes that I am not that good yet and have lots of stuff for him to use as kindling.
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Scrap wood and build yourself a simple box.

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Scrap wood and build yourself a simple box.
Did that and ended up with even more scraps.
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About 2 years ago I started to get back in to wood working and what I did is I got some scrap and started to go throw my bits and when I found that it was good I marked that peace of scrap for refrince . Some times it is better to see it in the wood than on a pic that came with the bit . There are no mistakes just call it a learning cure .

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