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I'm in Wis and need some help is there anyone near Madison that can help mentor me on router and table .
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Here's a couple of Norm Abrams videos, 2 parts, that provide some basic techniques with the router...

maybe somebody else will come along with a more hands on approach...


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I'm in Wis and need some help is there anyone near Madison that can help mentor me on router and table .
Rich - I see you've been on the forum for a while and enquired about getting help a few years ago as well. You must have taken some time away from the forum. I'm glad you're back, especially if you're uneasy about using a table-mounted router.

As was said in some of your other posts, if you don't want to purchase books or magazines, you can go to a library an seek out books on routing.

Now, you can also ask specific questions here. There are a lot of very experienced folks on this forum and everyone of them is more than willing to provide guidance.
Remember this: there is no stupid question, nor is there any question that is too trivial to ask. We'd rather you ask your questions and ensure that you become comfortable than have you try something and get injured.

I'm sure @Stick486 will be along shortly, if he hasn't already, to provide you with a host of reading material.

But again, what can we help you with - remember, we all started somewhere.
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I'm in Wis and need some help is there anyone near Madison that can help mentor me on router and table .
Hello Rich...
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head over to this link for some help w/ the mentoring...
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The best place these days is Youtube. Keep in mind that a router shouldn't be a do all tool. There are a lot of things that it can be used for but that doesn't mean it's the best tool for it. You can use a knife as a screwdriver and pry bar and scraper and hole maker and hammer etc. and the same goes for the router. You'll never build up your workshop and you'll make things a lot harder than they should be. Plus you'll invest a lot of time and money trying to make jigs that will take forever to build and set up.
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Thanks for all the help everyone, but I have never learned for books or magazines I learn the best from a mentor next to me, call it a learning disability if you want to.The only way I have learned is like I said a mentor......
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Thanks for all the help everyone, but I have never learned for books or magazines I learn the best from a mentor next to me, call it a learning disability if you want to.The only way I have learned is like I said a mentor......
Maybe there's a woodworking club of some sort locally...or a class at a community college or trade school...?
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Maybe there's a woodworking club of some sort locally...or a class at a community college or trade school...?

Good suggestion. About a week ago I got a newsletter from the woodworking club and in it someone was looking for a mentor. Another place might be on Craigslist although who knows who might respond.
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One type club that seems to be more common is wood turning clubs. They might know someone who fits the criteria you are looking for and they might trade you some mentoring of your projects if you offer to do some of the drudge work like sanding for them.

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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