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Well the time has come for me to lay down the welder, and use a saw. LOL. Need to make some speaker boxes for my truck. Was planning on buying a Ryobi router/table combo from Home Depot. So my question is this a good router for a beginner. Eventualy I would like to make some cabinets for the shop. This will only be used a few times as I am a mechanic. Thanks all.
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Greetings Brian and welcome to the router forum. Thank you for joining us.

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Hi Brian

Yes it will do the job for you, it's a so so setup but it's fine for the beginner

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Well the time has come for me to lay down the welder, and use a saw. LOL. Need to make some speaker boxes for my truck. Was planning on buying a Ryobi router/table combo from Home Depot. So my question is this a good router for a beginner. Eventualy I would like to make some cabinets for the shop. This will only be used a few times as I am a mechanic. Thanks all.
Brian Welcome to the forum; there are many here who can assist you getting what you want to do with a router. Just a reminder; there is more that can be achieved when the router is held in the plunge mode check out the material below. I would suggest that a 1/2" router would be a good choice as I am sure in the future down the road you will be glad you did so.
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Welcome Brian to the forum. The setup you are looking at is a good one for a beginner. Especially if you are only going to make a few speakers and possibly not getting deeply involved in woodworking.
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I just bought the set and it does okay for stuff right around the edge of the board. Done some roundovers, some dados and some rabbits with it. I haven't had it off the table yet so don't know how well it works that way.

The table is small enough that it made me decide to make my own table for it so I can do larger things on the table and take advantage of a fence and not having to worry about controlling the router since I didn't do that with much success when I was using my brother's Craftsman a few years ago. For the stuff I am doing right now it is still large enough and I do plan on still using it for some stuff even after I get the new table built.

If you still want the table but want to get a plunge router, I saw one of the other Ryobi tables on clearance for $39 at Home Depot tonight. I didn't look to closely at the routers to have any clue of prices on them.

One thing to think about with the Ryobi table is it doesn't have a standard size miter slot. I think it is 5/8" instead of the normal 3/4".

Since I have never had a plunge router yet I figured it was good enough combo to start out with
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Thanks guys for the help. I think it will work fine for what I'm doing. Just need it to do a few round overs,dados,and rabbits. Will also be cutting out 2 rings to mount my speakers in.

What would be a good set of bits to start with for what I need to do. Just don't want to spend a lot on tools I will hardly ever use. I'm a mechanic and welder so wood work is I don't do very often.
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30 pc 1/2" Shank Router Bit Set - eBay (item 130360457952 end time Jan-26-10 19:01:23 PST)

Any time you can get router bits for about 1.25 each it's a good deal about the same price as a good drill bit index set.

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Thanks guys for the help. I think it will work fine for what I'm doing. Just need it to do a few round overs,dados,and rabbits. Will also be cutting out 2 rings to mount my speakers in.

What would be a good set of bits to start with for what I need to do. Just don't want to spend a lot on tools I will hardly ever use. I'm a mechanic and welder so wood work is I don't do very often.



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That is a good buy. Just has a bunch that I don't need.
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