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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-16-2012, 03:59 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone. I am totally new to routing. My main hobby is/was collecting old woodworking tools, nothing mega expensive, so, over a few years I have collected quite a lot. I also attempt a bit of rustic woodwork! Some years ago I bought a Ryobi ERT - 1150V router and router table, never used, never unpacked. Yesterday I unpacked and assembled the table and affixed the router, to-day I am having a go at making a table for the package. Having read some of the reviews on your forum I think I may have made a mistake in my choice of equipment, what do you think? I will only be an occasional user but I would welcome any advice on how best to proceed in terms of operating tutorials etc. I look forward to hearing from anyone out there willing to help and advise me. Kind Regards David
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Hi David, just saying hello and like you have collected tools along the way, but as they say technical advancement is the greatest hook, and without electricitry we'd all be whittling with knives malet and chisel. I have since discovered the holy grail in the form of a 3d pantograph but my wife won't let be buy a CNC or rather she won't let me spend upwards of 10 grand. The sky is the limit when you want to play with wood..
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David, treat your router like a motorcycle! Use it with well-informed caution.

Welcome to the router forum - quite possible the internet forum that has saved more fingers than any other forum around! We are glad you have joined and we look forward to an open and candid exchange of information with you!

I, too; have a collection of old tools - most of which came from the loss of parents, grand parents & even a great grandparent. I have found this very interesting and it really makes one appreciate the advancements that have been made in woodworking tools and machinery over the past years. Some of my old tools date back as far as 1839.
There are a few books on the subject of antique tools and machines, which I have also found to be quite informative.

Back to your router, many of us would have probably chosen a different router - but now you should take advantage of the fact that you have it - but do not let it cause you a trip to the emergency room. Remember the gyroscope that many of us learned about in science and/or physics class? Routers run at tremendous speeds (RPM's) and therefore have a "mind of their own" as far as pathways are concerned. Routers can do some amazing work - coupled with a well-informed and well-practiced operator. Study-up on the subject and I recommend a very simple project with inexpensive wood to begin with. I believe all youngsters should learn to drive in old, junky cars AND I also am convinced that everyone needs to make "practice runs" of something new on items of minimal value - this way there is no "big loss" when you veer off your intended path! There will be mistakes, so make a concerted effort to learn from them. This forum gives you a unique opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others, as well. With many tools, the loss of a finger requires a reattachment - and many times this can be successful, but with a router - there are often no reattachable parts left on the floor - only soup!

When you eventually do get ready, make certain you have studied all of the SAFETY PROCEDURES, because you do not want to learn the hard way - more so with a router than with many other power tools. Be smart and be safe and you will find this to be an amazing tool that affords you ways to do work with great precision! Good Luck,


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hi david im new here aswell but i did have a Ryobi ERT - 1150V router and router table for 2 years my experience was that the router was fine with a little care! BUT if its a ryobi table throw it away now
it was a month of frustration getting bad results until i realised the fence was not straight and the table top had 2 mm dip in the middle
if you are going to make a table just make it taller and mount the router to that top
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Greetings David,

Welcome to The Router Forums!

With regards to your current router and or table, my thoughts run parallel to those of Otis.

In my opinion, Ryobi products generally offer a tremendous amount of bang for the buck in situations where starting out with 'top of the line' isn't required AND you are willing to upgrade to higher quality machines when the need arises.

Considering your reference to older tools, I think you might be familiar with winding sticks. They come in handy when checking the flatness of any board, whether it is a router table or not.

By using your current setup to try things out that it can do and documenting those things you would like to do that are beyond it's abilities, you can gain 'solid ground' on defining what things make a difference to you when selecting or designing it's replacements. You may come to decide it's all you need, and you may grow out of it.

To expand a little on the theme of practice, I would add that most of my tinkering around while getting to know my router has been on hem-fir 2x4 stock and/or cedar fence boards. I have been doing my 'hardwood' practicing with 'flooring samples' from my local Lowe's.

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many thanks for your response
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