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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-16-2012, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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I'm new to router forums and I'm excited to receive all the knowledge and helpful information needed for a beginner in using a router. I'm 77 and retired, however, I'm a pastor and wood working in my garage is a wonderful opportunity for me to relax. I call it, "Wood Therapy" I just received, (as a gift,) from a long time friend a Porter Cable router and I haven't a clue where to begin. I'm depending on you out there to help me develop a relaxing new way to creativity that is bursting within me. : ) I'm sure I'll ask a thousand questions, however, I'm very certain you will be more than willing to provide answeres and helpful suggestions. That's it in a nut shell for my first post. Blessings,
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Hi Jack, welcome to the forum. If you need help, just ask.

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I would start by going to Youtube and seeing what is there. Besides the router you will also need a good selection of bits for those I would check out MLCSWOODWORKING.COM.
If you want to build something you will need a few other tools and for those I would suggest Craigs list where you can get a deal on almost any used tool you might need.
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WOW! What a nice welcoming committee ... Great advice and I'll try the craigslist thingie as well as the other suggestions. Now, if I can only learn how to set up to do a simple edge on a project I'm working on. I'm tired of plain square edges and I know the router is the answer and can be excitingly fun as well. Oh, I forgot to mention that I'm Native American Indian, (Cherokee,) so I have a cultural love for wood ...
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Yes I am a 77 yr. old pastor
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Cherryville Chuck View Post
Hi Jack, welcome to the forum. If you need help, just ask.
Hi there,
Thank you for the warm welcome, I appreciate that ... I do have a few questions...
I receive all the messages to the Forum along with some great pictures. Some of these messages are from beginners like me and I don't know how to find the answers they get. Is there an icon to click on I'm missing?
Also, when I have a question, how do I know someone has answered? and if so, how do I view them? One more thing, I have a friend coming over to show me how to begin using my Porter Cable router. He isn't a fan of router tables as he chooses to clamp a router fence w/opening for the blade and adjusts the fence to where he wants the cut to be, then runs the material through by hand. I also have a big interest in inlay work. I.E. making my own patterns, cutting them out and routing out the material to inlay it into. Someone told me I would have better control over my work by using a trim router instead of the larger Porter Cable. I do have a trim router from Harbor Freight, (a cheapie,) in which I use for working on bird houses, (my "wood thearapy" thingie.) ... Anyway, I'm also told that there are places to go to on line where I can watch beginner classes for free. Hmm, most I've found want to sell me a dvd, cd, or a book... ...
Sorry I'm laying all this on you, but you said if I needed help to ask : ) ... Thank you in advance.
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Hi Jack. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

There is a web site that has "some" of the Router Workshp videos available, as well as other woodworking videos. Unfortunately, I can't find it right now. I'm sure someone else will offer it up soon.

You can also Google for woodworking videos and return a lot of hits. Youtube is also a good source.

As for seeing replies to your questions, what I do is to click on the "new posts" button in the menu bar towards to top left of the page. This will list all the new posts/replies that have been made since your last visit. You can then read thru the list until you find something that interests you. You can also click on the "view unanswered posts/view today's posts" button towards the top right.


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