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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-17-2012, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone. Like the title said I'm extremely new to the world of routers. I have an old craftsman routed that my father gave me and have not as of yet tried my hand. I have a good bit of scrap lying around the shop so I will be going to the shop in a day or two to see how it works and what to expect. I just wanted to stop in and say hi. If anyone has any suggestions or pointers I'm always wanting to learn. Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
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Welcome James. Getting the feel of the router is good but it can be discouraging if you are trying to run the router along a board that keeps moving under you. A router can be used on many projects and I think at some time you will want to mount it in a table to get the full benefit out of it. The table can be as simple as a hole cut in a piece of plywood. Once mounted you will see how easy it is to use the router. You will find that your work will come out smoother with less effort.
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Welcome aboard. And good to know you will start on scrap, always a good idea. To really get your best out of your router you'll probably want a router table. And I am a great fan of making your own, rather than buying. When you buy, what you're getting is someone else's idea of what you need. When you build, then you get what you actually need - and if it's not quite right, change it or make another table, they don't cost much. I'm on about my 4th or 5th homemade router table. Probably got about $5 or so in it, and it does just what I want/need. If my wants/needs change, then will amend this one, or make a new one. Just remember, it ain't rocket science.

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Thanks for the advice. It sure will come in handy.
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Hi James .........
just remeber you walk before you run, keep it simple and if you going to route clamp a guide ( a board will do ) with the edge 3" from the ceter of the slot you wish to route and route from left to right. the router will attempt to wander towards the guide so you will wind up with a nice straight slot. after your comfortable with that a whole world of possibilities will occur to you.

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Hi James, I'm also rather new to the forum, but a few years back I got some plans/dvd or tape I forget which now, for a router table design by the Kreg people.

It was a great project, and I used a router table top from Rockler and a Porter Cable router. It will last me as long as I need it and it has a lot of storage/drawers in it.
Really easy to follow along and build.
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