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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-06-2011, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Just took my first router class at the Leesburg Woodcraft Store - Into to the Router. Since I do not have a router, router table or dove tail jig, and we used all these tools in the class, I would like to know what kinds of tools and table are best for a beginner? It seems as if the above tools are required to make boxes or drawers or raised pannel door or anything. However on my budget the cost of the tools are a big investment if you do not use them daily. Am I being to penny pinching?
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Howdy Big Yukie...welcome to the community...

naaaaaaaaaa, you're not being a penny pincher... just being wise!! Woodcrafter and Rockler both know how to put on a pretty good show. However, there are plenty of ways to skin the proverbial cat. First ya gotta decide what it is you want to do!! An honest assessment of your skills and/or ability never hurts either. Do a little searching around the forum. Read some of the posts etc. to get a feel for whats available then start asking questions. Alot of well informed, skilled craftsmen and women here abouts who are more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Remember, there is NO ONE WAY of doing things and you don't have to spend a small fortune to get going. You'd be surprised what a good router, a modest table and a few bits can accomplish for starters...

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Hi, Big. I agree with Bill - decide what you want to make, and then how you want to go about making it. Routers are very useful tools, particularly when combined with various jigs that make them even more so. Routers were, however, invented to accomplish things that had been done for centuries with hand tools more quickly and easily. Remember, dovetails used to be done with saws and chisels (and still are on fine furniture), raised panels with planes, and so on. Routers and (good) dovetail jigs just make it quicker and easier, sidestepping the issue of developing the hand-tool skills that would otherwise be required.

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