I would buy some hardwood (FAS), like red oak, it's easy to rout.
I'd get a dozen cutters set to very shallow depths and rout the afternoon away.
Once confident you can hold the work and rout without burining stock, tearout, or splitting end grain, I'd take a shot at a simple router table and do it all over again.
That under control, I'd study woodworking. Material prep, layout, joinery, drilling, sanding, measuring, design and maybe finishing.
Now the router may play out. They do nothing without jigs, fixtures, well prepared material, and an operator with priors. Under your control, they solve many problems, many.