Last Wednesday I bought my first router, a DWP611. I have some ideas for a few small projects I want to make and realized I needed a router. I was using the 611 and the MLCS 15pcs set I got the other day to practice edging and that was it. I'm hooked. I had no idea how much fun a little WW would be. Since then I've been practicing on whatever scrap wood I have trying to straighten out my learning curve. I've just made myself a small stand to hold my Electronic cigarettes and its accessories that came out pretty good (I've gone 22 days now without a real cigarette...yay me!). Now that I have an idea what a router is capable of my head is spinning with possibilities of the things I can make and the tools I need to make them. Of course I'll have to wait until my skill level catches up with my imagination, but that hasn't slowed down my desire to acquire.
In the last 5 days, thanks to Craigslist, a friend with too much stuff and a seedy indoor flea market, I've picked up:
A small clean lightly used Craftsman router table with attachments - $25
A Craftsman 315.275000 - Free
A Craftsman 315.175060 as new and unused in its case with the dust bag. - $30
A Shopcraft 10" band saw T6760 20p - $20
A 3x21 belt sander from HF for $31
I got the free router from the guy I bought the table from. He offered it to be saying it was "broken" and still had a bit stuck in the collet. I got it home and pulled it apart and found the die cast metal slide lock was snapped in half. I put a wrench on the flats of the top of the spindle and was able to get the bit out. He had really cranked that nut down but even still that slide lock design does not instill confidence in me. Only place I've seen the piece I need is on ebay for like $31. That's so not going to happen.
I'm just going to strip the 275000 of parts that may fit on the other Craftsman. The 175060 has the same slide lock design as the 275000 so I'm making sure I don't over tighten the bits. It mounted right up to the table and has been working well for me. I am loving the vac attachment on the table fence. So much better than eating wood dust.
The band saw is a cheapy 3 wheeler from the 80's but it runs so for $20 how could I say no? I already have ideas that will put it to use.
I was looking at the benchtop belt and disc sanders but I can't afford one right now. There are a few between $100-$200 that I could afford but after reading the reviews I'd rather wait until I can pick up a better quality used one. I'm going to lock the HF sander in my vice and use it like that. HF gives you 90 days to return an item so if it's junk, eh, I'll return it.
I was reading about wood turning and I think that is something I'd enjoy and like to try. I caught myself online last night reading up on desktop wood lathes and thinking if I just unbolted all my ammunition reloading presses and equipment I could free up plenty of bench space for an 8x12 or maybe a 10x14...
I blame you guys and this forum for doing this to me. If there wasn't so much info and so many ideas and plans and pictures of so many cool things you guys have made, I'd still be blissfully ignorant to what I was missing. I'd probably be watching reruns of Magnum PI at night instead of being online trying to decide what size bullnose router bits I want or learning what kerf means.
Thanks a lot.