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Mark here, building some stuff to get back to basics after this Covid B.S. is over with ish...
Grew up on a homestead, I was the mechanical kid, my brothers where the creative wood workers.
As a Millwright in my mid 40's I am pretty confident I can build anything, and also so open to being schooled for having to much confidence
I may build it but looking pretty comes at a cost, I can't make it pretty :(
I do want to get all the knowledge and cheats, work arounds for building a barrel sauna, and a Barrel hot tub first.
Im Dutch so I am frugal/cheap whatever, I will spend the money where it is needed and I have a significant budget for these things, I love tools.
I am pretty sure I have all the basic routers from the big box stores but I am aware that barrel saunas and hot tubs may require more HP.
I need help with these things or its maximum HP with everything which is not always great in hind site.
First forum of this nature I have joined, I hope to make some friends and learn a lot.

Thanks folks

Mark:smile:
 

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Hello and welcome to the router form, Mark
There are Plenty of friendly people here on the forum we have all kinds of projects on this forum, I would say Mark your biggest problem here is to get more answers than you need but you will definitely get an answer.
 

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hello Mark and welcome to the forums...

let's get you started on the how to's..
we put together a touch of education over here at this link...

enjoy...

as for buying tools.. we are old pros at helping you spend your money for such acquisitions...

now for the barrel (coopering)...
style and size matter...

or you could cheat and save money at the same time and build a vaulted style barrel ceiling...
one right side up and the another inverted all from WRC.. (western red cedar)...
got any base plans or size ideas???
 

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Welcome to the forum, Mark! We do like photos of shops, tools, projects, etc. so whenever you're ready start posting photos.

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Welcome to the Forum, Mark...you're gonna love it here...
 

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Hi Mark and welcome from out west.
 

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Amazing. A new member who actually know what New Member Introductions is for. A rare thing anymore. Welcome aboard.

This barrel sauna doesn't look too difficult to duplicate. And here is a cheap hot tub. One thing about it, a good hot tub is useful year round.
 

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Welcome to the forum Mark.
 

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Glad you decided to join the fun. The 2.25 routers will handle all but the heaviest of tasks. Are you using some sort of ship lap or tongue in groove? Getting the boards perfectly straight or at straight at the specific angle needed to make a full, circular tub. There are a number of ways to do that, but the easiest way to put a straight edge on is with a table saw jig like the one below. Prettyobvious how it works. You first determine the circumference of the circle, then the size of each of the pieces you're making to build it, then you compute the number of pieces you will need to cover that circumference, then divide that number into 360 to get the total angle per piece, divide it by two and that will be the blade angle you will use when using this jig.

You will want to make sure all the pieces are uniform. Are you going to use steel rings around the "barrel" to hold everything tight? Water will swell the joints slightly to seal the seams, but not if they're not flat and parallel on each edge.

If you are making a wood bottom, you will use very similar methods, but you'll glue up pieces into a large enough slab to cut a circular piece out that fits in the groove you'll cut into the ends of each of your side pieces. You can cut that with your router as well, using a circle cutting jig (which is easy to make). Pix if of a commercial model circle cutting jig.

Looking forward to seeing your project(s). I also attached a pdf of the 18 things that helped speed up my woodworking learning curve. It's 10 pages, but there are pictures, and maybe it will help you avoid a few mistakes and bad buys I made. Do take some time to review the pdfs Stick linked to, better than a commercial book on using a router.

Pretty might not be the important thing in a hot tub.
 

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Welcome, Mark. About where in Ontario are you? It's a big place. All the best from one frugal/cheap soul to another. This is a great place.
 

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Welcome aboard Mark. Seems you've made the right choice. There is a ton of knowledge and skill here. Asking questions and helping others is our way.
 

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Welcome Mark,

I know several Millwrights in Northern Ontario because I sell sawmill equipment to pay the bills. Barrel saunas and hot tubs are nice. I imagine a fair amount of work. I met a guy near Englehart that has a small sawmill and sells no lumber, he only makes Cedar saunas, but not barrel style.
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Welcome on here Mark, I'm another newbie to this place which I have found to be most courteous, civil and friendly of any forum I have ever been to.

A northern boy, so you must know what sledding is lol.

I spent two summers working at Camp Wabikon (incl some simple logging and maintaining boats and cars) and have ridden 1000s of km on the trails near Cochrane, Timmins, Gogama as well as around Algonquin Park. So while maybe a city slicker, there's enough ******* here.

One note to the Mods - is there any way to add city region or state to the profile? Canada, USA and Australia are all big places lol........
 

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Welcome on here Mark, I'm another newbie to this place which I have found to be most courteous, civil and friendly of any forum I have ever been to.

A northern boy, so you must know what sledding is lol.

I spent two summers working at Camp Wabikon (incl some simple logging and maintaining boats and cars) and have ridden 1000s of km on the trails near Cochrane, Timmins, Gogama as well as around Algonquin Park. So while maybe a city slicker, there's enough ******* here.

One note to the Mods - is there any way to add city region or state to the profile? Canada, USA and Australia are all big places lol........
Just posting to see what my profile says. I would have sworn it said BC Canada at one time . I must be getting dementia.
Just looked again and there is no way to do it imo , other than putting it in your sig.
Wish there was an option in profile
 

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Hi again Mark, nice to know your name. Be sure to fill in your tool list and update it from time to time. When you ask questions, we often look at that list to consider and present alternatives ways of accomplishing your task.
@RainMan 2.0 Not certain, but I think they left the city off to avoid giving burglars a clue to where the tools are.
 

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Just posting to see what my profile says. I would have sworn it said BC Canada at one time . I must be getting dementia.
Just looked again and there is no way to do it imo , other than putting it in your sig.
Wish there was an option in profile

Rick, you know all about hot tubs as being a previous owner of one?
Welcome, Mark, You are going to like it here jump right in the water's fine.
Herb
 
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