Welcome aboard. I'm 71 and don't listen to anyone telling me what tools they consider 'safe' for me to use, or not. I have enought sense on my own to keep my fingers and such away from the whirly parts. Personally I consider a router, especially in a table, as safe, or safer, then a lathe anyday. Loads of fun to use too.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.