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Hello from a guy that knows nothing about routers. So going to need a lot of help.

The first thing may be getting a good "How To" book on how to get started in the router business and how to set up a router. I did buy a router a year or so ago and tried to use it once and almost sent a stick of wood to the moon! Think I put it on the wrong side of the bit. I have a number of bit sets so I could, if I knew how, use them to do some interesting things.

So would appreciate some information on how to get started.

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Welcome to the forum, Fred.

I find the books by Pat Warner, Bill Hylton and Patrick Spielman to be very informative. Also there are many videos on youtube.

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A lot of frustration can come from using a router free hand. A table will give you more control over most things that you will use a router for. You can find all the information on the internet including Youtube. Spend your money on a table and you will never look back.
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I agree on the table. Much easier to produce good results. As to books, there are several out there. I have stopped buying brand new books for the most part and look for them on the used book lists at Amazon. I have a tremendous library that cost only a few buck at a time. Also Google for used book sites because if you buy a bunch of books the shipping can be less. Its the S&H that runs up the cost of used books. Amazon has lots of book reviews so you can make an informed choice. All the books I've seen are about the same in content. Find one that includes discussion of accessories and jigs with lots of pictures. And you will find a multitude of free videos on routers on YouTube. Get one of the free YouTube downloader add ons for Firefox and build up a nice collection. I find it easier to understand when I see a video than just reading a book.
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Thanks guys for the advise. I will have to get started looking for some info on how to use this router.
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