Hows it going?
I am Mike and I'm a Kiwi (they say admitting it is the first step), living in Brunei Darussalam on the fascinating island of Borneo.
As a useless layabout living off my wife, I needed a hobby to stop myself going mental, so I bought myself a few power tools and started making a mess of wood.
I have never really done any sort of woodwork before, but I have worked on my own house and helped friends, etc. I know which end of a hammer is the business end
My background is electronic/computer/mechanical, being a computer tech for around 35 years, a motorcyclist for even longer and a hack since Dad gave me my first screwdriver...
I am relatively new to routing, having bought my first tool around October last year - a Makita 1/4" fixed-base trimmer. It was a good little tool to learn a bit on - but it soon showed me how much I wanted to do that a little hand-held trimmer couldn't
I did manage to make a few bits and pieces with the little bugger - picture frames, solid-timber edging on 3/4" ply bookcase, that sort of thing.
I have accumulated around 40 or so Japanese and Chinese router bits (and buggered a few, too
) so I wanted something that would allow me to still use my 1/4" bits, while being able to get into some bigger stuff.
So, I have been looking around for a decent 1/2" router with a step-down collet sleeve.
Being that I am in the arse end of the world when it comes to tools (I normally buy from Ebay UK and get my son to post them on, or spend the big $$$ and order from Rockler when I have enough to make the postage worthwhile) the selection isn't that great.
Makita 3612s, Hitachi's, Bosch, are about all we get - and very expensive they are too! (Mak 3612 runs to around $699 - US$560/Au$550) but one of the local hardware resellers has recently started to stock Maktec as well. So being that my budget is minimal, a Maktec it is! I managed to knock him down to $230 (US$185) which is much better, for me at least - I won't have to go crawling to the missus for forgiveness...
So, here I am, router in hand, a workshop full of wood and no idea what's next...
I'm hoping I get some ideas from here.
I've already converted my little fixed-base trimmer into the most bush-pig-ugly table router. It is fitted to a sheet of 3/4" particle board and I clamp it to my bench vise. I was going to take pictures and submit them to the 'show us your table' section, but I realised there are a number of older members and I don't want to be responsible for coronaries, strokes, etc.
I am thinking of making a much better job of my next one, but for the moment, my little trimmer is doing stirling service making profiles for picture frames (oh yeah, I take a lot of photos and have a professional photo printer with around 500 sheets of A4 stock burning a hole...)
So, that's me
Hope to get to know more of you as we go along...