Hi I'm Steve
I'm a 48 y/o single male who is going through my mid life crisis. Instead of cars though I have this burning desire to create things with wood.
I took three years of wood shop and two years of metal shop in Junior High School. I never really did much with that knowledge until the last year. I started by building my own workbench which is ok. It's functional and solid.
I realized that it was missing something however. It was missing style. I realized that anyone can slap together something like this but it takes a craftsman to build a real work of art.
I'm not sure I'll ever attain that lofty title of craftsman since this is a part time passion for me so far. I have just about every hand tool made and a few power tools including a drill, 7 1/4" circular saw, portable jig saw, and a hammer drill.
My next purchase is going to be a miter saw and a router which is what led me here.
I've been studying routers for almost 2 months now and feel like I've gotten to the point where I might be able to frame an intelligent question. Almost.
I've chosen a DEWALT DW618PK 12 AMP 2-1/4 HP Plunge- and Fixed-Base Variable-Speed Router Kit with 1/4-Inch and 1/2-Inch Collets. I plan on having my first set of bits be 1/2" because of the power and durability. This is the set I've chosen: Eagle America P19-7002 70pc Price Cutter Router Bit Set 1/2-Inch Shank -
Along with a Porter-Cable 4216 Super Jig - Dovetail jig (4215 With Mini Template Kit) - Porter-Cable and a Bench Dog 40-001 ProTop Contractor Benchtop Router Table - Bench Dog with a set of Whiteside rabbet bits.
I plan on making dressers, chests, and cabinets. I know that's awfully ambitious but it's what I am super interested in. I know there will be a lot of trial and error with safety being my number one concern.
I'd also like to be able to make my trims for areas around the house and to be able decorate what I make. I'd like to get into making some custom furniture for myself too such as a nice oversize couch. I'm a big guy and they just don't make things solid enough for me.
Which leads into another reason why I'm choosing this path. For health reasons I need to get away from my computer and get busy doing stuff. I've already started on this path and done quite a few minor projects around my house and am losing weight and getting stronger. So basically running my small wood shop would be a great extension to keep me busy and active when I'm not at work.
So lastly, and if you've read this far, Thanks! I want to ask what kind of bits I might be missing that I need to get going that may not be included in the set above.
In the meantime I'm going to get back to reading the wealth of information that's already here and many thanks for having this place here.