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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-24-2011, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Hello! I've browsed the pages here for a few hours...lots of good stuff and friendly people.

I just bought a router last week (as well as some other tools) for a small shop in my basement. (Scroll saw, drill press, table saw, miter saw, 4x36 belt & disk sander & router/table combo). The table is an entry level Ryobi combo from Home Depot for $99. To avoid having my first post being too lengthy, I'll post more info and a question on a separate thread.

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Welcome, Eldon
As you can tell I just got to the forum myself. It sounds like your off to a good start on tools for the small shop you have. If you're just starting out, take your time learning your tools. I'm sure I don't have to tell you to keep your fingers and hands away from sharp spinning objects.

Just take your time and keep your tools sharp, that way if you do get bit it will be clean cut. It won't hurt as bad and it'll heal faster. Think safe before, during, and after you through that switch.

I hope you won't take anything I said personally, I've had my share of "accidents" in my lifetime. Thankfully I still have all fingers and toes.
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Eldon,

3 things, respitory protection, hearing protection, and eye protection. after that, trust your gut. If it doesn't feel right, stop and re-evaluate your plan or get more information.

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Thanks Leon and Doug. I've got the eye and ear protection. I do have some dust masks I need to be more disciplined about using. It's one of those things I just never considered much...probably because it tends to creep up on you...I'll be sure to use the masks more...thanks for the reminder.

I can also appreciate the need to learn the tools. In order to perform much of what I need to do, I've needed to remove most of the safety guards and fences. I think I'll slow down a bit and build some jigs that should allow me to do things more quickly with fewer mechanical adjustments every time...and also help keep my work more secure. I have a few challenges to figure out...which makes it all the more interesting.

Thanks for the welcome...have a blessed day!
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Greetings Eldon and welcome to the router forum. Thank you for joining us, and remember to have fun, build well and above all be safe.

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G’day Eldon

Welcome to the router forum.

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I agree about eye, ear, and lung protection. Trusting one's gut about safety is also good, but, early on, the gut may not recognize potentially dangerous situations. Thus, it's helpful to think about the physics involved in shop operations, and to do little "what-if" mental exercises. Things like, if I'm holding the work piece in my hands, and the bit/blade catches, will the result pull my hands into said bit/blade? And, where is the workpiece or off-cut going to go when that happens?

Those mental exercises will help one to develop good practices, like standing to the side a bit when using the table saw; or, using push sticks, push blocks, or work-holding jigs to keep hands at least 6" away from cutting edges, and not in line with the bit/blade.

The unexpected can be expected to occur at the time when it is least expected.

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Thanks guys. I've decided to pause and spend more time up-front planning and making jigs...and template/workpiece holders. Some of the pieces I'm working on are small and too close for comfort. I'd like to produce many of these same pieces over and over, so want to be sure I've planned well. I appreciate all the advice. This site has been and will continue to be an excellent resource for me. I appreciate all the contributors...hopefully will save me some headaches...fingeraches... and make my time more enjoyable and productive!
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Welcome to the community Eldon...

No need to echo any of the previous advise, its all sound and well worth heeding. I like your approach about planning and making jigs, templates, holddowns etc. first. There is much that can be learned from making these items! The skills required to make quality jigs are the same as those used in most other aspects of woodworking...

enjoy, work safe, and ask all the questions you can think of....

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