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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-
Chris
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Welcome to the forum Chris. I don't know why you thought your admission about enjoying making some chips with your new router would sound strange to us.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Hello and welcome Chris, there's no doubt after reading your intro that you got the bug. Only suggestion I can give you right off the bat is play safe. Again welcome
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Welcome to the forum Chris. You'll soon learn that they are addictive.

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welcome aboard...enjoy the site and your new adventure....

http://www.natures-lifestyles-digest.com/smf

above [link]site has: outdoors type things from fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, to living off grid, gardening from veggies to flowers etc, recipes from home cooking to smokers, hobbies, home remedies, to making your own soaps etc..live members chat area.. and more...all is welcome to browse or join..
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Thanks for the welcome guys. I am definitely looking forward to learning to use this new tool but I definitely plan to make sure I keep all my fingers. They come in handy now and then.
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Welcome to the forum, Chris.....

A 'F350 extended cab diesel PU to commute', and you cannot work out why you need 2 routers........LOL......

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Welcome from another newbee.

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lol @ James. Trust me James, if I didn't need to eat or pay rent I'd have those 2 routers and a table, a new band saw, a new table saw, a new belt sander and I'd still have my F350 instead of a Buick.

Hey Bob thanks. Same to you.
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Welcome aboard Chris!! Hope you don't mind that we've got season tickets for Notre Dame Women's Basketball. Looking forward to Sunday night, despite the injury to Natalie Achonwa.

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