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Hi all, my name is Nikki. I have always enjoyed woodworking, but haven't done any since I was a teenager.

4 months ago, my husband passed away unexpectedly, now, I am here in our recently purchased single-wide, handyman special, trailer, trying to finish reno's myself. I have learned how to read a measuring tape, (properly I might add), use a reciprocating saw, circular saw, compound mitre saw, and now, a router. So, any advice on everything, including how to turn one on (hehe) would be greatly appreciated.

The router I have has a table-top table and the router is underneath it. (I borrowed this thing from my father and I think he got it as part of an auction lot, because he doesn't seem to know how to use it either). The model is a Sears Craftsman 315.7491 Double insulated. If anyone could help me with all the basics, or even a manual on how to use it, what each part is, etc., that would be awesome.
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Hi Nikki, welcome to the forum.

I am sorry to hear of your recent loss.

Could the router be a model 315.17491?

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Here's a manual
free craftsman is ready for download

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Hi all, my name is Nikki. I have always enjoyed woodworking, but haven't done any since I was a teenager.

4 months ago, my husband passed away unexpectedly, now, I am here in our recently purchased single-wide, handyman special, trailer, trying to finish reno's myself. I have learned how to read a measuring tape, (properly I might add), use a reciprocating saw, circular saw, compound mitre saw, and now, a router. So, any advice on everything, including how to turn one on (hehe) would be greatly appreciated.

The router I have has a table-top table and the router is underneath it. (I borrowed this thing from my father and I think he got it as part of an auction lot, because he doesn't seem to know how to use it either). The model is a Sears Craftsman 315.7491 Double insulated. If anyone could help me with all the basics, or even a manual on how to use it, what each part is, etc., that would be awesome.



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Hello and welcome to the forum. Nikki
Here are lots of utube shows on routing.
Here is one of many
http://m.youtube.com/watch?autoplay=...autoplay%253D1

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Hi Nikki,

Sorry about your loss.

What are you planning on using your router for?
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Welcome to the forum Nikki. I am also sorry to hear of your recent loss.

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Welcome Nikki
I'm sorry to hear your husband passed away.
What kind of renovation you have going on?

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My profession is to restore old loghouses that is in the classical way. Look at www.tiny-e.fi and (FB) Tiny-e. Restaurointipalvelut for exaples
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Hi, Nikki; welcome, and my sympathies for your Husband's passing.

Perhaps you could just group all your router stuff together for a picture? As long as the digital image is on your hard-drive you can post it...just not links until you've done ten comments (anti spammer protocol).
Any chance of taking a night school, or similar, router course? It'd be worth every penny!
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This might interest you, Nikki.


Night School Woodworking at Okanagan Collage
Okanagan College Trades Continuing Studies:
Night School Woodworking.
KLO Campus in the Construction Trades shops, West end of Campus, Kelowna BC
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"Night School Woodworking for the aspiring woodworker.
Let our professional instructors help you acquire the confidence to tackle your home woodworking projects.
In our safe and casual atmosphere, you will learn about hand tools, sharpening, safety, various woods and
materials, joinery techniques, fasteners, hand power tools and machines.
Have fun spending a few evenings in our professional, fully equipped shops. "



'Secrets to Hand and Table Routing'
This course is for the woodworker looking to gain knowledge in basic and advanced routing. Topics include how to avoid router pitfalls, router techniques, the use of fences and pilot bearing bits, creating jigs and building a router table.

About this workshop:

- Introduction to routers
- Safety, sizes, maintenance, shank sizes, variable speed settings,
direction of rotation, tightening a bit, changing pilot bearings.
- How to best approach the job.
- Avoiding chipping, burning, edging 4 sides of solid stock, edging narrow stock, cutting direction, using feather boards.
- Types and uses of various router bits. Bits used for both joinery and decoration.
- Specific techniques: Spline joints, tongue & groove, mortise & tenon, bullnose,
straight lining, raised panel door profile, rabbets/dados, trimming plastic laminate etc.
- Using non pilot/pilot bits and fences.
- Using router table fences.
- Straight routing, routing entire edge (offsetting out feed fence).
- Plunge router and plunge routing, following fences, using template guides (collars).
- Hand routing/contour routing.
- Creating jigs.
- Stile & rail doors, panel designs, arches/curves/circles, pattern routing.
- Techniques/tips for building a router table.

Workshop Length: Two sessions lasting 3 hours each
Dates: April 7, and 9.
Location: Okanagan college Joinery Shop at the West end of the KLO Campus.
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