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I haven't actually purchased my router, yet. I'm doing my homework right now and thought this forum might be a useful tool to choosing the right one. Hope my questions aren't too basic or annoying.

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Bonnie, glad you decided to join. Feel free to ask any question relating to woodworking, we have many experts on the forums who are always willing to help. There isn't a dumb or annoying question, ask anything and I'm sure you'll get your answer.
Hi Bonnie! Welcome! Don't worry about your questions, we were all beginners at one time. If you have questions, don't hesitate. We are here to help! Again, welcome to the forums!
Welcome Bonnie

Welcome to the forums Bonnie30306. Glad to have another lady join us. We have quite a few ladies on this forum. :D Welcome! Don't be afraid to ask questions. :confused: We all have to start somewhere. :)

the "Doctor"

PS: Good luck on your "HOMEWORK".
Welcome to the forums Bonnie30306. I am sure we will be able to help you.
Hello Bonnie30306 welcome to the forums.

Hi all, especially Mike and Dr. Zook. By the way, I'm pretty sure I am not

following proper procedure, but I do not know how to do this. This is not

a reply to the thread involved, but rather to the reply to my intro. I don't

how to simply make statements or ask new questions. I'm confused...please

forgive me.

Mike, I am very familiar with box./finger joints, in fact I have a small table

saw with 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, and 3/4 very nice homenade jigs, dedicated to

just making those joints. For this very, very important piece of furniture I

want machine cut dovetails, but cannot afford a good commercial unit, large

enough to do 24" wide panels.

Yes, Dr. Zook, I think it was called Shopnotes, and I think I know where

I can find back issues (I Hope).

Please, If any of you come up with any more leads for me, please send


Thank you all again.

ps- any advice or help in how to use a computer and specifically forums and

this forum mostly will be greatly appreciated.

Your friend and fellow woodworker/lover.
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dovetails/ Shop Notes

Hi again,

I discovered today that the source that I was sure had back issues

of Shop Notes is gone. Any ideas? I was told by a friend with an index to that

magazine that the issue in question might be #43.

Thanks in advance for anything, Vern.
Vern, you can often buy the single plans from out of print issues online at
The ShopNotes issues are a better value since they usually have 2 or 3 plans and other helpful hints, but if you are stuck this is one solution.

Thanks a bunch Mike. That is really helpful and I think/hope that I may be off

to the races. I have'nt got it yet, but I am hopeful, and when it gets here I

will let you know how it works out.

By the way and by way of trying to contribute, instead of just taking:

For many years I spared no effort and expense building and refining the

latest adjustable box/finger joint jigs for both tablesaw and router table

trying to get them to work correctly and easily-some worked well, many did

not ne were as easy as I wished to set up, adjust and keep that way. I

mentioned it before, but it is more than worth repeating; I built separate,

non-adjustable jigs for 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2 and 3/4 inch finger joints and they

are simple and work 100% each and every time. Almost no set-up time and

beautiful joints.
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Photographs of your jigs will be appreciated by all members I'm sure. I nearly forgot to welcome you to the forums, WELCOME!
Welcome Bonnie,
No questions are too basic or annoying here.
which router to purchase

Hi I have not figured out how to get around in the forum and so if this post is not in the right place, please forgive the error.

My question is between Bosch and Porter Cable. which would be the best router to use with Milescraft Sign Pro and Pantograph.

Would like Lightweight, Led Lights if possible. Thanks
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