Thanks for the welcome everyone. I have 2 routers. A Craftsman 315.17550 and the router attachment for the Black & Decker Matrix system. My other tools are a corded drill, jigsaw, and circular saw of the same vintage as the router. My 10" compound miter saw, sanders, and the Black & Decker VPX system drill, driver, and cut saw were gifts or more recent purchases. I would love to take a class, but the nearest Woodcraft store is a good 2 hours away from my home in northwest NJ. So, question number 1 do I use a router or the jigsaw to cut out semicircles on the sides of a country style bench?