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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.
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lmao......enjoy your new found adventure...

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Sorry Chris, but it is terminal there is no cure you are now what is calledj a woodworking junkie. ( well guys we hooked another one) hehe
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Welcome Chris, glad your having fun, I am happy to see this hobby is not as costly as my other hobbies.

Making sawdust & scraps all at the same time
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I can see this getting very expensive if you let it. Thank heavens for Craigslist.
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Chris, Welcome to the Router Forums. Yes WW is very fun and "addictive". I find it like fishing in that anyone can try, but it takes patience and understanding to achieve the results you're after. I am going to suggest you carefully study on the subject of safety. Please do not let the excitement of new tools allow you to do things improperly. You scared me (above) when you mentioned "Smoking" and "Reloading". I am not experienced in either, but would hope you kept a safe distance between those two endeavors!

Congratulations on your quitting smoking! You can probably spend less money than smoking has cost in the past and accumulate some nice WW tools.

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Craig, there is no hope for you now, I can tell that from your enthusiasm, we can give you advice as you go along, and we will, just now I want to try and save your marriage, the only way forward now is that you need to start to make things for your wife, always have something on the go for her that you can show her in an emergency, also start to practice this standard reply,"See honey, this is for you and it's sure going to be great" This normally works OK. best of luck, Neville
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Chris congratulations on quitting smoking. I quit cold turkey during this month in 1969. Last night a friend on mine died of lung cancer. Don't go back to it. Stick to woodworking.
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Thanks for all the replies guys and the congrats for quitting the butts. I save $300 a month now that I am buying a pack of those nasty things every day. I love being able to say I don't smoke.

OPG3 thanks for the words of warning about safety. I was an HVAC mechanic/service tech for years and even though I definitely know my way around powertools I've definitely dinged myself with them before. I realize that I am dealing with unfamiliar tools now so you can believe I am being careful as I am learning how to use them. I am fond of all my appendages. I'd be much more afraid of cigarette than reloading. I can tell you from my years of experience with reloading ammo and being surrounded by a few pounds of gunpowder that smoking while reloading is a foolish idea and something I certainly never did. Safety is rule #1 when dealing with anything firearms related and loading ammunition is on the very top of the list for being mindful of what you are doing. One overcharged .44 magnum or 30.06 round and you can be pretty sure of loosing fingers or worse from the resulting "catastrophic failure" (KABOOM!) of your firearms's chamber. Of course nobody is perfect and mistakes do happen but I've been lucky enough to catch my mistakes before something bad happened.

Neville- Thanks for trying to save my marriage but you're about 8 years too late. If I were to make something for her it would probably be a stockade. I am actually happily single and plan to stay that was as long as I am able. That means I can do what I please as long as my wallet approves. Women are like a well manicured lawn. Beautiful to look at, feel good in your hands and even better to lay on but require a lot of maintenance.

Shopguy I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I am being a typical ex-smoker trying to get my family and friends to try and quit too. I've bought a few of them some electronic cigarette kits hoping to sway them away from smoking.

The good thing about the "E-cigs" is that you can slowly decrease the amount of nicotine in them each week or so until they contain zero nicotine. I've tried cold turley, pills and the patch. None of them worked. I enjoy the act of smoking but hates the results. With the E-cigs you can simulate the act but without the smoke and thousands of chemicals contained in cigarettes. It was a better way for me to help fight the wicked withdrawal symptoms and strong urges to have a real cigarette. For me it was a God send and I will never return to smoking.
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Chris, those were some thoughtful comments. Being Happily Married now for 40 years, I can say that although many will agree with you - my wife is everything I ever wanted. She's put-up with a lot from me - I figure in that deal she's the one that drew the short straw!

Many smokers are unaware of the amount of herbicides they are inhaling when they smoke tobacco products. It is a well-documented fact that it is a huge danger, but the big tobacco companies are rich and devious enough to get-away with anything!

Good luck in your endeavors!
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