Shawn, stop by your local Rockler store at 421 E. Kemper or visit Woodcraft at 500 Kolb Street in Fairfield.(Now you know why you put your city/state in your profile!) Both of these stores will be happy to demo equipment for you. Ask about classes, some are held in the stores. You will find a wealth of "how to" books and plans, supplies for projects and maybe even a friend or two.