And just looking for ways to make use of a new purchased Craftsman router
I've found that the router is one of the most useful tools in the shop. In terms of frequency of use, it would be a drill first, a saw second, and a router a close third. With a little ingenuity and some shop-built jigs, it can do almost any job. I'm sure that you'll find lots of information and help here. I'm new here too, although I've lurked for several weeks now.