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[SIZE="4"]Hello Gang---First lets see I'm 70 and have not done much wood working in 30-40 years...Just getting back into it...I just brought a Shop smith outfit and a 1617 Bosh dual base Router...This is all new to me...Hope to learn a heap from you Guys....Thanks
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Walt, Welcome to our little group and corner of the web. Here you will find people from all "walks of life". You have started-out with some good equipment. Be very well-informed of what you're going to attempt to do before you do it and your projects will be fun and productive! Thanks for joining and we all look forward to our upcoming informational exchanges!

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After years of a 1 1/2 hp craftsman router, I recently bought a Bosch 1617--different world!! Good luck.
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Hello Walt,

Welcome to The Router Forums. Thank you for taking the time to join up and introduce yourself. This is a great place to exchange ideas and information on how to get the most out of your router!

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Welcome Walt, you have just join one great bunch of guy's and "Lady's included" . I see BAMA in your handle. I also am from L.A. (Lower Alabama) Don't know anything about the Shop Smith, but I have the same router, just got it a month or so ago. I'm just about finished with a horizontal router table. I've got to find some plastic laminate for the top yet. I went to Home depot looking for some Formica and was told they no longer can sell it. Some kind of law suit. Anyway a big Welcome to you.
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I did not mean to leave the Ladies out----Should have said Gang---My Bad...
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Welcome. I'm 71 now, and started on in about '96, with a ShopSmith. Nice tool. But my shop is 8X12', so I figured that I couldn't get a batch of tools in. Found the ShopSmith quite accurate. But also a bit annoying, what with having to make changes everytime you wanted to use a different function. Eventually, I figured out the secret - tools on stands, but light enough to shift, to make room for another tool. So, sold the ShopSmith for a bit of a profit, enough to buy a HF bench saw, HF 30some inch wood lathe, bench drill press, bench bandsaw, scrollsaw, and a router, along with various small tools, and still have a bit of change left over.

The bench saw and lathe are on shopmade stands, and easily shifted. The bandsaw and drill press are on the top shelf on either side of the shop. The scrollsaw and homemade router table are on the second shelf, under the drill press and bandsaw. Works out quite well for me.

The ShopSmith is an excellent tool, and I liked mine. But having had one, I can only really recommend one if you only have a very limited work space, or have to store it after every use. But, if I had the space to spare, I'd get another, if I had the money to spare.
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LiLRWgn Im between Abbeville and Eufaula 64 miles to HomeDepot.
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THANKS for the Welcome Gang...
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LiLRWgn Im between Abbeville and Eufaula 64 miles to HomeDepot.
That where I'm in trouble, about 10 minutes from both Lowes and Home Depot, LOL
If I go about 10 miles south I'd be in the Gulf
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