Hi, I am relativly new to woodwork, and as I have recently retired, I want to get down and spend some good productive time. I believe that the router is a very versitile tool, but I find it a bit imtimidating when useing it ( either freehand or attached yo a router table). I am hoping to get some tips and help in alaying this fear.
Ok, I've got to go through this again. Eventually, the administration of the forum will post this instead of my having to repeat.
Yes, a router can be a pretty intimidating tool. That bit spins at as much as 33,000 rpm. However, it can be conquered but only with a healthy respect and always a good dollop of caution.
OK, enough of the semantics, down to work. Go to The Woodworking Channel
. Find the videos and specifically "the router workshop." This is a television show that was shown on Canadian and US public television networks for quite a few years. This forum is sponsored by "the router workshop" but I harbour no involvment nor prejudice for or against that show or its members.
Pick an episode and watch it. Listen to the router and how it sounds when they put a load on it. Listen and you can tell by the sound when the load is heavy and when it is light. Watch how they handle the router.
I usually go into a diatribe about how routers and their accessories commit you to a specific philosophy that will influence how you use a router for the rest of your days. However, it's about time someone else did it.
Good luck and enjoy.