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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-20-2007, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone, I am new to this forum and I hope that Iam in the right one to ask a few questions. I emailed someone (can't remember who) and asked them that if they were a novice when it comes to a router which one would you buy? I told him that I also wanted to mount it to a table. His ansewer was the Hatachi 12V2. So I went on ebay and bid on one and won it at a very reasonable price. It arrived the other day. It really looks nice but, as I said I no absolutley nothing about routers and everything that came with it is things that I no nothing about. Now I have figured out what alot of the accessories are. The problem being is the directions aren't that clear to me. Can anyone direct me to someplace I can go and read up on the things that I need to know so everything isn't so difficult for me to understand. I have always been intregied by a router but just never had the chance to learn about one. I have a fair woodshop in my basement and I know that the router will be a great addition to my tools I just need to learn more about them. Is this router I purchased a good one? Hope I didn't make a mistake rushing into one. Someone please let me know and give me some direction on this. All would be appreceiated. Thanks, Stive
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-20-2007, 10:14 PM
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Welcome Stive! It's a good router. Couple places to learn about your router:

The Router Workshop is a great series from PBS and Bob and Rick are our sponsors. Watch as many of these shows and you have got to learn something.

Woodsmith Magazine Online has some great video for download. See these links and they will help you out. Well done. Both for the router table and otherwise.

Hope this helps.

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Head down to your library and see if they have either of these books. If not, has them pretty cheap.

Please respect your router, that's a pretty beefy one, and if you feed it in the wrong direction free hand, it could quickly become hard to control. If it is anything like its older brother, you've got yourself a great machine.

Protect yourself when using it, hearing protection is a must with a router, and eye and dust protection aren't bad ideas.

Mainly, read up on the operation and safety topics in some books, and then play with it! You'll quickly find a whole bunch of possibilities for the machine.

Of course, the dirty little secret about a router is this: The purchase price is nothing compared to what you're going to want to spend on the router bits! Buy good ones, you'll work better and safer (and cheaper) in the long run.

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Hi Stive, Thats a whole lot of power for a first router. I recently purchased one, mainly for table use. But I did use it freehand a few times before dropping it in the table. It's a great router. I try to check in here everyday so if you have any specific questions don't hesitate to PM me. Also I'm just about finished with a new router table I'm building to solve a few issues I've had with this router in my existing table. I plan to post the details,hows,and whys,by this weekend.


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If you want to learn from one of the best, click on the Oak Park link at the top of our home page. You can order "The Router" book which will guide you through the basics. I suggest you also purchase the "Jigs and Fixtures" book. It is loaded with great information and shows many of the jigs used on the show. The really great thing about these books is this site can provide answers from the experts who wrote them and members who follow their method.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-23-2007, 10:46 AM
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Stive, I have that router and it's a good one. The books will help and the best thing for me was an ole buddy. We learned together and had a lot of fun. More than anything else, respect that machine. It can bite.............Ken D
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Hi, Stive: Welcome to the forum. As mentoned by others, the books sold by Oak-Park
are real good, since the start at the basics and go on from there. I would also recommend "Woodworking with the Router" written by Bill Hylton and Fred Matlack.
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