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.