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Hi folks, I'm an old broken down firefighter/EMT that has been looking for something to do since I got retired after blowing out my back in 2000. I'm trying to figure out what to do with a couple of old routers that were given to me. I have never used a router but from what I have seen there is a lot of things that can be done with one. I'll probably do a lot of lurking and not much posting until I decide on a project and need some help/instruction or advice on how to do something.
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Welcome to the forum, Les.

I would start on something very simple like a picture frame. Take your time and be safe.

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Considering your back problem, I'd recommend a lathe. You can stand or sit in one place for a long time. Many other types of projects with routers, saws, drills etc can require bending movements. Something to consider anyway.

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I got a YouTube video downloader app free for Firefox. Went to YouTube and searched for routers, woodworking and for specific tools and downloaded a library of free videos that have helped me greatly to get going with better quality woodwork. I suggest you start with that approach since its much easier for most of us to duplicate what we see done better than just read. That said, the next suggestion is go look up books on routers and router projects on Amazon. I then look for used books of the same title in at least good condition. The cost can be very low to build an amazing library. Between videos and books, I've been able to produce nice results pretty fast. I'm always surprised at the subtle little things in videos and books that make the difference between an OK project and one that looks good and is square. Have fun with this. As you buy more tools, get good, open stands for them so you don't have to bend so much, and put (locking) casters on everything so you push things around for cleanup. Finally, having been exposed to so much smoke, I suggest you wear a good dust filtering mask whenever you cut anything. You don't need to add any carcinogenic dust to your already challenged lungs. Have fun, woodworking is very relaxing and takes your mind off everything else.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, I have been checking out videos on YouTube and I still can't believe that there is a place where you can find videos on so many subjects. It doesn't matter what you are looking for there is a video about it and the best thing about it is its free! Thats amazing, at least to me it is, I guess its just human nature to share your knowledge with other people or maybe its just showing off how good they are that makes them want to do it. What ever I'm glad they do.

I have a wood lathe and have been making Christmas ornaments for friends and family. I've turned bowls and plates, wine glasses and table and chair legs. Its fun but I'm not like most of the turners I have met, I'm not "addicted" to it and I don't want to do it all the time like many of them. I'm not creative enough to look at a piece of wood and see something wanting to be let out and once I make something that turns out like I want I don't want to keep making them I want another challenge. I get more enjoyment out of making turning tools and fixtures like center rest and end rest. I've made a whole set of carbide tipped tools with aluminum handles for myself. Making the center rest was what made me want to learn how to use a router because there are things on it that could be done neater and easier with a router than with a drill and jigsaw or a saw and chisel. I know what I want to do with the router but do not know which bits to use or how to go about doing it in the right order.
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Its fun but I'm not like most of the turners I have met, I'm not "addicted" to it...
Give it time.

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