" is it dangerous? " I would say no more than a hammer you have in your shop, you can do as much damage to your body with a hammer..
One blow with the hammer can wipe out your finger if you nail it, so it comes down how you use the tool but once you plug in the tool the control must come to the forefront and you must use safe guards... push sticks,bit guards,ear gaurds,safey glasses, etc. we all make errors and take short cuts but the router is one tool that you don't want to take short cuts with..
BITS,,, well you must remember it's a hobby and not a job,,
Always get the best bits you can but most will do a good job without getting a 2nd on your home for router bits..
If you buy bits that are in the range of 3.oo ea. they should work but that's a good rule of them to go by,,, if you think it out ,, 10 bits that cost lets say 60.oo ea. that's 600.oo dollars for 10 bits, lets say you want to make some molding and the bits are going to cost 20.oo dollars each and you wipe out one when making the molding you are still ahead of the game..
It's like a hack saw blade you know it will be used up when you put it to work same thing is true for the router bit.
When was the last time you though about getting a hacksaw blade resharpened ,,,you don't you just pop in a new one and get the job done.
I'm not a big fan of reshaping router bits , now if you paid 150.oo for a router bit well it may be worth it..but it will not be the same bit once you get it back it will be smaller in diam. I would suggest a diamond stone stick to touch up the edge but that's it...once the bit gets hot the bit will not hold the new edge...
the norm.... and the heat is what kills most bits...if it turns that blue color that's it for most bits..
But this is just my 2 cents
I'm not a pro. but I like and use routers all the time..
Originally Posted by Barmaley
I am considering to get into routing hobby and I have read the forums for two days. There are a lot of useful info here and I realized that routing is more complicated then I thought it was.
Before getting into buying router and bits, building a table etc I would like to ask my main question: is it dangerous? What harm can a router make?
After that it is interesting to know how economical is to use a router? For example: how many linear feet of molding one carbide bit can cut without been dull? Can I sharpen bits well? Do I need extra tools for that?
Thank you in advance!