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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-11-2012, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all!!!
This is the first time that I participate in this forum.
I'm Brazilian and I have a joiner in my house. I am a amateur joiner.
My wife goes to Orlando Fl in February and will buy at Sears the following tools for me:
-Craftsman 14-amp, 2.5-hp FixedPlunge Base Router with Soft Start Technology
-Craftsman 30 pc. Router Bit Set in Wooden Case
-Dovetail Template 12 "Craftzman
I've never worked with these machines and would like if anyone can guide me if they are good for me. I am beginner in gigs.
Thank you for your attention,

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Welcome Jose.

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Have a nice & safe day!

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Hi Carlos. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

Those tools should be a good start for you.


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Hi Carlos; you can't get Japanese made tools and accessories in Brazil?!
Brand names like Makita and Bosch? They'll have to tear my Bosch tools from my cold dead hands...

"I am beginner in gigs."
Aren't we all!
("gigs" is a perfectly good slang word, but I think you probably meant 'jigs'.)
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Welcome to the Router Forums, Jose Carlos,
Please do keep in mind that routers are probably the most versatile AND the most dangerous of the woodworking tools. I had the advantage of being able to watch the Router Workshop, the TV series upon which this RouterForums is based.

If you have not already done so, you might consider reading the Shop Safety subforum to see some of the things that can happen, and get some ideas on how to avoid these things.

My own bias is against Craftsman brand tools, but it may well be a personal bias. My own and only working router is a Makita 3/12 hp. For very small scale work I have a Dremel, but rarely use it as if it were a router. There are several RouterForums members who use Makita routers, and some of them are of slight build so the powerful motor should not dissuade you. Besides, if you use a jointer, you will soon be doing projects in which the extra power will be useful.

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Welcome to the router forum.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-15-2012, 12:29 PM
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Jose, your choice of tools is a good one for both beginning and they should last you a long time as well. I have Craftsman, Milwakee and Porter Cable. Your dovetailer will be ok, but if you find you like dovetailing you most likely will go for a higher end unit. Good luck and keep us informed.
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