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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-12-2011, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, My name is Chris. Iam new to this site and actually new to woodworking in fact I have done little but read read and read--- several months of it ---- I have decided that I will take woodworking as a hobby and have began by purchasing a bosch table saw, a rockwell bladerunner ( the info- comercials and many reviews got the best of me). Both have now found a home in my beginnins of a workshop in the basement. I have yet to plug anything in ---- tomorrow is my first day.

Now, I am beginning to study routers as it will round out the beginnings of the shop. There are so very many projects around the home so untill I prove myself there I honestly will not know any specific thing I will want to build or specilize in until those projects are completerd. bath cabinents, closet storage areas, a pergola over the deck, a computer desk. And I could go on but think you get the picture.

So, just as the saw I plan to purchase used so I visit craigslist daily and plan to jump into the purchase of a router and bits --any hepl would be appreciated.

Anyway I will spend some time in these fourms.

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Welcome to our little piece of madness Chris!

To start out with the new toys, if I were you and had no experience with power wood working tools, would just do my best to follow the mfg's recommendations to get the tool set up.

Next would be to get yourself some cheap wood.... really cheap! LOL, and attempt to make a straight, true cut. You will be surprised how difficult it can be to make a 90 edge on a table saw.

Third would be to read this and a lot of other forums and ask questions as needed. Don't over extend yourself on your abilities..... find a simple project and make it a few times until you are satisfied with the quality of your work, then go on to a more difficult project.

Good Luck, We know you can do it.....

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Welcome Chris.

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Welcome Chris, if interested I have a nice router table (barely used ),with a few extras. I will make a good deal on if interested Send me a P.M.

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Greetings Chris and welcome to the router forums, we are glad to have you join us.

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Welcome to the forum, Chris.

Start small and work your way up......

Have a project in mind before you rush out and spend $$$$$$$.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 12:30 PM
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Welcome, Chris!

I would like to second Dallas' suggestion about getting some cheap wood to practice with. It might sound silly to just make a bunch of sawdust and blocks, but you'll learn a lot in the process. Just trying to make a square cut right where you want it can be maddening some times.

For instance, last weekend I was cutting parts for a desk. I know my circular saw (I'm not lucky enough to have space for a workshop) has a blade with a 1/16" kerf, and the left edge of the blade is 5 3/32" from the left edge of the shoe. Easy enough, but darn it if I didn't keep adding or subtracting the kerf from the wrong side, or read the 1/12" marks on my framing square as either 1/8" or 1/16", or let my saw wonder in the last inch.... and I made one cut at least 5 times before I got it right. Not what I wanted to be doing with B/BB baltic birch!

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I am not new to woodworking, but I have not done it in many years. Like you I just picked up the saw a few weeks ago. While I know how to do things in my head from past experience, my muscles are at a loss. What I have been doing, is building useful jigs and the like for my shop. This has given me a chance to work with some complex designs without worrying about making it look perfect the first time. For example I built a cross cut sled for my table saw. It took me more than a week, but that was because I looked high and low for good designs, and then finally modified one for my purposes. I also used it as an opportunity to play with poplar and birch plywood. Neither were necessary but poplar is my favorite wood to work with and I got a good deal on a 4x4 1/2" sheet of ply. Ultimately this jigs, and racks, and such will be of great help as I plan to build new cabinets for my condo.

I agree with Dal300, if you have done all your reading, just get in there and make some saw dust. Also if you have a WoodCraft or similar store near you, you might consider some beginner classes to learn techniques and safety. Take the latter seriously, I once lost a fight with a table-saw, I am lucky to have all my digits. (I am missing a chunk from the side of my right thumb)
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your comments --- I plan to buy cheep wood -- create a single practice work piece that will develop a set of skills---- no doubt they will come with practice. And I aasume It will take several trys.

I will not set out to rebuild the house until I can talk the talk and walk the walk-----

I too plan to build a number of jigs during this winter. Perhaps Michael you might share your research on the jigs you have made.

I know this that if one really wants to learn woodworking they must have some basic tools. True if I did not have some disposable dollars then I would probably pass.

And lastly the reason the purchase of the table saw I ended up buying was because of some (not all) of the safty features that come with that purchase. The router is the last tool I plan to invest in although I know their are two others I have some interest.

So let the learning begin.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-17-2011, 04:33 PM
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Chris, I just put my cross-cut sled to bed this weekend. I googled "cross cut sled" and looked for, what seemed to be easy and functional designs. Once I settled on one design, I considered what I was going to use it for, in my case, eventually building case goods for my condo. I made mods to the design to fit my needs and went to Lowes. After I built the inital sled I decided It needed some improvements. I added a t track to the fence, changed out the hardwood runners for metal, and finally made a stop block for the t track.
In the process I made a pattern, used my router table to cut the pattern. Used my router table to mortise the stop block (twice...) Worked with linseed oil, acetone, wax, and oil.

Of course I did not need to patten the front rail and fence, they could have remained square, I think the process was good because I learned a few things.

Here is a link to the sled design I used
Crosscuts With a Table Saw Sled | The Family Handyman
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