Hi, I'm Chris.
I live on Cape Cod in MA and I'm in my early 40's. I had been an HVAC mechanic for years but a non-job related injury ended that career for me. I'm all healed up and going back to college trying to find a new career path. Being in school at 40+ has it's pros and cons but it certainly can been interesting. I spend much of my days surrounded by 19 and 20 year olds which is usually
better than being in a filthy crawl space.
Being back in school I find myself with more extra time to spend than money. I miss using my hands all day like I did when I was working so I like to busy myself with little projects when I have free time. I find it relaxing. I'm pretty good with my hands so I thought I'd try to learn how to do a little WW. I have a few simple woodworking ideas floating around in my head that I'd like to try. One of my little project ideas requires the use of a router. I thought ooooh, that's a good excuse to buy myself a new tool.
For the last week I've spent way too many hours reading, watching videos and learning as much as I could about routers. Yesterday I felt confident that I knew enough to know which one I should buy. I decided on the Bosch Colt PR20EVSK because it's size and power would probably suit my needs well. Done deal then, I headed to Lowes to buy one. I wanted the kit version with the fixed and plunge base but I found it was a special order and I didn't want to wait 3 weeks so I decided to get the fixed base and pick up a plunge base online. It's not always easy being a member of the instant gratification generation you know.
When I got to Lowes I was able to fondle all the routers they offer. I haven't held a router for a long time and had never used one. The last one I held was a big heavy old Craftsman a friend owns. I was surprised how relatively light the ones at Lowes felt. I thought maybe I should consider one of the full sized models. Bigger is always better, right? When I saw the 1617EVSPK kit I had instant router envy. I totally forgot about the little Colt and took the 1617EVSPK kit home with me. It seemed like the right choice at the time, kind of like when I bought an F350 extended cab diesel PU to commute back and forth to work with.
Once I got home and had time to mess around with the 1617 I realized as sweet as it was, it was more tool than I needed at this point for the small jobs I want to do. I may get a table down the road and a larger router but for now I wanted a router I can use on small pieces and be able to operate one handed when I need to. SO back to Lowes I went and returned the 1617 kit. I ended up leaving with the Dewalt DWP611. It was a toss up between that and the Colt both having many stellar reviews. I just liked the depth adjustment on the Dewalt better.
I don't have bits yet but I was able to borrow a couple from a friend today. I tried a round over bit and a cove bit and practiced on a short piece of 2X4. I don't know if this is going to sound strange but it was so much FUN! I can't wait to get a set of bits and get to work.
When I was doing router research obviously this site popped up constantly so I decided to join and try to soak up some knowledge. Hopefully down the road I'll have gained enough experience to be able to help a noob like myself who is just getting started.
Thanks for taking the time to read all this.
Take 'er easy-