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Hi everyone.

I am Judas, from Calgary in Canada. I am not a professional woodworker, but am fascinated by all things creative and have taken up woodworking as a hobby. I work in the hotel management industry, where I have nothing to do with carpentry/woodworking. Time is quite scarce for projects at home, but I have set up a tiny workshop in my garage. My tools include:

1. Porter Cable 75182 router
2. Triton router table top - pretty old but it works
3. Milwaukee 6955-20 12" dual bevel sliding mitre saw on a Ridgid stand
4. Ridgid trim router
5. Makita 7 1/4" circular saw
6. Bosch jig saw
7. 5 hp shop vac with Dust Deputy cyclone system

Not sure if sharing the above helps in any way, but I had to make an introductory post. I have lots of questions and hopefully will be able to grow through the learning here.

Thank you for letting me be a part of your community.

Judas
 

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Welcome to the forum fellow Calgarian. I live in Cranbrook BC now, but my birthplace is Calgary .
Your so lucky having LeeValley right close like that . Judas , if you get a chance update your name in your profile before people start calling you N/a lol.
There’s a spot to put what tools you have available to you also . It does help the members out when you have a question regarding a project , so yes , good call. ;)
 

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welcome to the forums Judas.. (you need to put your 1st name into your bio.. I almost referred to you as N/A)...

Welcome to the forums ...
I'm Stick and do I have some reading for you to do...
Go to this link....
much of which can not be ignored or treated lightly ESPECIALLY SAFETY...

There are PDF's here on maintenance, methods, jigs, tooling, accessories, aides, set up, and so much more...

PLEASE take the time to read them.. Your health, welfare and safety matter...
to us anyways...
 

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Judas, welcome to the forum from another Canadian - glad you could join us. If you've got questions you've come to the right place. Lots of friendly folks here with tons of knowledge and expertise who are more than willing to help you get the answers you're looking for along the way. Hope you get more time to spend on a great hobby.
 

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Hello and welcome to the router forum Judas
 

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Welcome Judas, glad you decided to join the fun. Lots of people with teachers' hearts on the Forum. Thanks for the tool list. You can do a lot of DIY projects you can take on with those tools.

As soon as you can afford to, add a table saw to your collection. Bosch makes a model 4100 that is reasoinably priced and gets very high marks. A table saw is the centerpiece of most shops and there are many projects that require one. Meanwhile, you can do some things with your circular saw to make better cuts. Replace the stock blade with a really good rip blade. With a good blade you can use a straight edge to line up the saw and make pretty good cuts in plywood. which will allow you to make stands for your tools. Stands and book cases and similar projects are good starter projects on which you can build your skills.

Here for download is a long article on the 17+ things I did that accelerated my learning curve on woodworking. https://www.dropbox.com/s/ojr0taw5q6lkwgw/17 things .pdf?dl=0

There is a distinction between DIY projects and more complex woodworking, such as cabinets, furniture, fancy doors, often using more expensive hardwoods and requiring prcision and sometimes fancy joints. There is great pleasure in the doing, and joy in the learnig. Last thing, get yourself safety glasses and a good quality dust mask. 3M makes one with an exhale valve that's pretty good.

Tom
 

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Welcome aboard.

I have never considered myself a fine woodworking fool but I have built a lot of stuff. Feel free to check out my profile and search for all threads started by me. Lots of pictures and reading to take up your spare time.

Yep, a table saw would be nice.
 

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Welcome to the forum Judas.
 

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Welcome to the forum fellow Calgarian. I live in Cranbrook BC now, but my birthplace is Calgary .
Your so lucky having LeeValley right close like that . Judas , if you get a chance update your name in your profile before people start calling you N/a lol.
There’s a spot to put what tools you have available to you also . It does help the members out when you have a question regarding a project , so yes , good call. ;)
What Rick was referring to was that your bio info that you included in your opening post will soon disappear into the archive as new threads push this one down the list. Your actual 'profile' will always be instantly available when anyone clicks on your name, either over on the left when you post, or in the Members List.
 
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