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Hi guys

I am just starting my journey -my setup is briefly described in my signature
I would like to learn a little bit about routing before starting some serious work

I won't stay away of my gear while learning but I do realize that there is more than what meets the eye so I am looking for those details :)
Please share your recommendations if you have any
 

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Be very careful when viewing videos on the subject. Although most are good and beneficial - some can get you hurt really bad in an instant. Triple think your motions before putting things into motion. And, always have the "what if" in the back of your mind in all you do.
 

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Best book I have I got used on Amazon. Bill Hylton's "Woodworking With The Router." He has other books on the topic that are all good, but I find this particular one has larger type, clear color pictures, and is easier on old eyes. There are a few other books by other authors, but his are top of the list for me. $35 new on amazon, some used. Amazon.com : bill hylton woodworking with the router
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For videos, go to YouTube and watch videos by Marc Sommerfeld. He was a cabinetmaker who later started Sommerfeld Tools, which sells some premium sets. As John mentioned, be careful because like most videos, the safety devices have been removed to make the process more visible. The best thing about watching this old hand work is that they rarely cut away, but instead show the complete process. His technique, the way he handles the matrials and machine, are very simple and direct. In science, they would call it elegant. Nothing fancy, just incredibly good looking results.

Yes, he does a little promotion, but it's mainly because he uses his own products. But it's not heavy handed and you can see exactly how he does it. Marc, unfortunately, passed away a couple of years ago from ALS, but I don't think any other video maker has done it better. I lucked out and found his videos early on. They are all on youtube, but I bought the dvds and watched them every time I did a project as a refresher.
 

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BTW, Glad you decided to join the fun. I have learned an incredible lot reading and asking questions here. Like many of us old guys, I love returning the favor to a new batch of woodworkers.

What kinds of projects are you thinking of making?

I've also attached a pdf of the 18+ things that helped me accelerate my learning curve. It's long, covers a lot of information, but it has pictures. I bought all my tools over about a 15 year period of my highest lifetime earnings. You don't have to buy a lot of stuff to do good woodworking. Use your money for good wood, not gadgets.
 

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Sorry to pop up again, but there are a series of pdfs that are filled with information about Routers. The site limits attachments to 10, so I'll post twice to give you access to all of them.
 

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Here are the rest...
 

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+1 on that book by Bill Hylton.
Also, "The New Router Handbook" by Patrick Spielman..
 

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Please Check out the Router Workshop. Rick just returned to this site and is looking for students
 
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