Learning curve steeper than first thought!!
I'm a complete newbie as far as woodwork is concerned; I've milled, drilled and turned lots of metal and I thought that there's be some transfer of skills. There is, but the greatest transfer is the recognition that I've done something wrong.
I went to a local sawmill on Saturday and was given a sack-full of otherwise useless off-cuts of all sorts of wood. I had oak, beech, elm, pine, hornbeam, acacia heart-wood and lots of other bits (most of them only a couple of inches long).
After a Sunday afternoon of using a router for the very first time, I now know all about burning, chip-clogging the cutting tool, the multitudinous hazards included in the plunging process and the sound of the cutting part of the tool shearing off of the stem. It's all about learning!! So I tell myself.
Wood has as many guises as metal, from lead to tool-steel. Rates of feed are critical, sharpness of the cutter is paramount and the one thing that I simply can't get used to is the fact that there is no way to lubricate the cutter.
I'm also amazed at the amount of mess a simple bevel cut on 12 inches of pine plank makes!! A dust extractor is the very next purchase! Once I've got that, and a couple of more hours of experience with this brand new tool, I'll be back.