Brave New Routing World
Just introducing myself to the forum.
My wife and I have decided that the kitchen needs a drastic upgrade but money, as we all know, is somewhat elusive these days. Clearly, time to turn crisis into opportunity.
I'll do the kitchen, I said. All I need are the tools to do it. Right on, she said. Here's your budget. (Sigh.........) Anyway, not much of a budget to speak of but, hey, it's a start. I've picked up a few decent tools - a Ridgid R4511 granite topped table saw for next to nothing, a Porter Cable 5116 Omnijig (still need guides and bits), maybe a Powermatic band saw coming from a friend of a friend. Plus a few other odds & ends in the pipeline. I've got a two car garage that's finally been cleaned and painted. It needs more juice from the electrical panel, more insulation and a few other upgrades but not everyone gets two play with a 24' x 20' space so i'm feeling pretty lucky, frankly.
One thing I've decided will make this job and future hobby work go smoothly is a good router - something that's an upgrade from my Ryobi 1 1/4 hp fixed base router. Even more betterER would be shop built table to do all the molding work for an Arts & Crafts style kitchen makeover. The most bestEST, of course, would be to develop the skills that will let me safely and skillfully use my future 12 horsepower nuclear tipped dual plunge gps/bluetooth/1080p enabled router. And that brings me to you.
So, me and the wife are looking at about 3 to 4 years to get the kitchen done. After that, I'll be able to rout my little heart out on anything I want.
If I live that long.