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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-06-2012, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Default Yeah Gudday.

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...

Cheers, m'dears.
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Welcome to the forum Mike. What a pity that that the Makita 3612c, my favourite router is so expensive where you are, but the Mactec is without doubt top value for money. For ideas, take your time and go through members uploads, I for one have posted a huge number of predominately router projects, all fully illustrated with added text. Happy routing.


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Be welcome here!

Got wood , got routers, feel free!

Happy today.

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G'day mate.

Welcome to the router forum.

Thank you for joining us, Mike.

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I don't profess to know everything, and I may learn something new.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-07-2012, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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Cheers guys.

Yeah, got lots of wood - good quality plies and tons of different Asian hardwoods... I have to keep reworking plans that were made with pine in mind - my park bench weighs about 90kg!

I can source a lot of veneers as well, like ebony, mahogany, zebrawood, etc. nothing like cherry or oak or walnut, though. For that I need to stain

Still, we have the local analogue of Jarrah, but at about a fifth of the price. So it's swings and roundabouts.

The hardest thing is fixings - decent screws, hinges, handles, glues, and finishings like good sandpaper, varnish, etc. We have a good supply of laqcuer, teak oil, turps and thinners, but trying to find gels, washes, etc. is difficult. I find that older magazine articles are helpful, going back to the days before the advent of DIY superstores...

Well, cheers - I'm off to browse
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