Welcome to The Router Forums! Thank you for taking the time to join up and introduce yourself.
For most of my life, working with wood has been all about function, paying little heed to finish or fashion...
During the last year, the desire to broaden my horizons and craft up some 'fine furniture' has presented itself within my personality. This place has been a world of help in understanding what it's possible for *me* to do in a 'home shop', and some idea of what remains outside my abilities for lack of vision, discipline or an unlimited tool budget...
The way you described yourself as a born tinkerer who is all about function in his creations and living on a farm reminds me of my great grandfather and in a very good way.
If there are any particular things about using routers you would like some input on, this is a great place to find it. There are a lot of users passing through this place, many of which know more about specific types of routing than I do, eager to answer questions tossed out onto the table.
I tend to picture them as being motorized knives on a conceptual level. If it can be cut with a knife in a circular motion odds are it can be done with a router.
In my case, mine get used to cut joints for the most part. I have done just enough 'edge work' with them to feel like I know how to make something pretty should the need arise!
When it comes to cutting recesses to inlay something flat with the top surface, hinges being a great example, they are awesome.
Surface planing to a specific thickness is an area I am interested in exploring with them. This will require me building up a set of 'skis' to suspend the router in a bit down position above the workpiece. Before they could be used, I need to cook up a decent sized, functionally flat and sturdy work surface.
Thanks again for stirring up some smiley faced memories..
I'm a born tinkerer and love wood working on a non-commercial level. I live on a farm so much of my work is not meant to be pretty, but more functional.