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Just got a Craftsman 17543 combo kit for my first router based on recomendations on this and other forums. Craftsman Club discount plus the $10 off coupon from the calender made it a great deal. Also ordered a 15pc starter bit set on the way from MLCS to play around with and get a feel for the tool in some scrap pine and poplar leftover from my last project.

In the near term, I'd be definately using it for roundovers on shelves and a two desks I'll be building, as well as routing out dados for drawers and shelves. I'll be looking through the forums for tips... anyone have any thoughts about what I should look for as I unpack my router and start using it?

Not sure what one is suposed to sound like or feel like- is there a quick test or set of tests I can do to make sure the router works the way it's supposed to?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-29-2008, 02:37 PM
 
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Turn it on and hold on. Keep fingers out of the path of router bits. My first router was a Craftsman many many many years ago. Loved it. It was what got me hooked on wwing as a hobby and some side business. Woodworking is a learn as you go hobby. Hope you have many happy hours of enjoyment with your new toy. I still get excited when I get a new toy. It's the price that stops the ticker every once in awhile. I've posted this picture so many time but it was the last thing I built before moving and haven't got the new shop up and running yet. Again Enjoy The Toy
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Hi Gator95

This is what I would suggest..

In the bit set you got from MLCS you will see a 1/2" dovetail bit, chuck it up then put the fence on the router then clamp a board to the work bench.
turn the router down to the low speed #1 and make a pass in the board then move the fence out or in and this time set the speed on the #3 setting now make one more pass with the dovetail bit then the same thing and this time set the router at high speed and do the same thing..

Note set the bit to cut down in the wood only 3/8" deep for all 3 cuts..

The router should load up just a bit in the low setting but should have the power to get the job done then 2nd setting should do the same thing but you can move a bit quicker with the pass the high setting should buzz right along..

The high setting is the loudest and you may not want to use it all the time and you should have your ear plugs in place when you use the router...all the time.

The dovetail bit is a good work out for the router it's one of the hardest bits to run in a router.... (loads it up) by the way don't plunge the bit into the stock ,start on the end...go all the way from end to the other end don't try and lift the bit up.... you can back up with the motor running to clean the slot out but don't try and go back without the router running...

Have fun with your new router

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Just got a Craftsman 17543 combo kit for my first router based on recomendations on this and other forums. Craftsman Club discount plus the $10 off coupon from the calender made it a great deal. Also ordered a 15pc starter bit set on the way from MLCS to play around with and get a feel for the tool in some scrap pine and poplar leftover from my last project.

In the near term, I'd be definately using it for roundovers on shelves and a two desks I'll be building, as well as routing out dados for drawers and shelves. I'll be looking through the forums for tips... anyone have any thoughts about what I should look for as I unpack my router and start using it?

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Just got a Craftsman 17543 combo kit for my first router based on recomendations on this and other forums. Craftsman Club discount plus the $10 off coupon from the calender made it a great deal. Also ordered a 15pc starter bit set on the way from MLCS to play around with and get a feel for the tool in some scrap pine and poplar leftover from my last project.

In the near term, I'd be definately using it for roundovers on shelves and a two desks I'll be building, as well as routing out dados for drawers and shelves. I'll be looking through the forums for tips... anyone have any thoughts about what I should look for as I unpack my router and start using it?

Not sure what one is suposed to sound like or feel like- is there a quick test or set of tests I can do to make sure the router works the way it's supposed to?
Hi Gator,

Congrats on the new router.
A small piece of advice with pine... it's "sappy". Not saying its bad to work with but, watch the "gumming" of your bits. I like poplar but, it's knowing for "chipping out".

As others have said, chuck up a bit, be safe, have fun & enjoy. Don't worry about making mistakes, we've all been there an done that.

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Hello Gator and welcome to the Router forums. Please enjoy your new router and work "SAFE". If you have ANY questions, don't hesitate to ask, no matter if you think they are dumb. Now start making sawdust and chips.




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In the bit set you got from MLCS you will see a 1/2" dovetail bit, chuck it up then put the fence on the router then clamp a board to the work bench.
turn the router down to the low speed #1 and make a pass in the board then move the fence out or in and this time set the speed on the #3 setting now make one more pass with the dovetail bit then the same thing and this time set the router at high speed and do the same thing..

Note set the bit to cut down in the wood only 3/8" deep for all 3 cuts..

The router should load up just a bit in the low setting but should have the power to get the job done then 2nd setting should do the same thing but you can move a bit quicker with the pass the high setting should buzz right along..

The high setting is the loudest and you may not want to use it all the time and you should have your ear plugs in place when you use the router...all the time.

The dovetail bit is a good work out for the router it's one of the hardest bits to run in a router.... (loads it up) by the way don't plunge the bit into the stock ,start on the end...go all the way from end to the other end don't try and lift the bit up.... you can back up with the motor running to clean the slot out but don't try and go back without the router running...
I would suggest just the opposite for a newbie. I would start with a bearing guided "edge-forming" bit...round-over, chamfer, etc. These bits are far easier on the user and the router. I wouldn't use a bit that makes a "trapped" cut. There is no easy way out if you feel uncomfortable in the cut and dovetail bits, especially when making long grooves, will pack-up with chips. When edge-routing you can stop (pull away) at any time and go right back where you were, with no ill effects.
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