Thanks Kate !
Now, after a couple weeks rubbing elbows with you confident and crazy peoples, they are lessened, but still present.would list your intimidations please...
agreed...Hey, John; welcome!
That package is based on the Bosch 1617EVS. Excellent router... a lot of us here have them, but you might get more bang for your buck by buying the same router in the 1617EVSPK configuration. It comes with the plunge router base as well as the fixed base (1617EVS)...the PK designation means the package deal.
Making a simple basic router table is cheap and easy. Having the plunge base is priceless!
On the contrary, the tendency is for the router bit to push (or is it pull?) the workpiece TOWARD the fence.Cautious and concerned is good. Petrified is very bad. Fear takes over your brain's operating system and prevents the good thoughts from taking over.
Always run a piece of scrap through first to verify your setup. Actually that has been a discussion topic before and the consensus was that there is no such thing as scrap, only wood that doesn't a purpose yet even if it is to test a setup.
Router tables are fairly safe as long as the fence only exposes part of the bit. As long as you feed from the correct direction the tendency of the bit is to push the wood away from the fence. Just keep your fingers away from the sharp whirly thing.
Running an operation through your mind first is perfect. It prepares you mentally to look for problems and to make sure your method is correct.
Once you've made a few cuts most of the fear will go away.
I trust that you are aware of the slew of PDF's to help you master your router safely...Thanks for that link and all the other great info - scared to death of my router at the moment LOL
Actually,this was a question I was going to ask soon because I found it very difficult to change bits.Man, what a great string! One thing I suggest is that you make sure whatever plate you get has a twist lock (or something similar) on the insert so you don't have to unscrew the darn thing every time you change bits. The Woodpecker plate is set up this way, but there are others as well. I use Sommerfeld door bit sets, which are carefully matched so that you can simply change bits without readjusting height.
there's this...There are more?
I only have the ones you posted - is there a link to where they are hiding?