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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-18-2011, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone,

Just saw the website during my initial search into learning about wood joinery and routers. I read a couple of posts and found some great advice. I decided to join, with the hope of finding my way into a hobby I've been looking forward to beginning.

Can anyone give some tips or advice about the necessary tools and accessories for a beginner. I would love to start with small projects, and move into making basic cabinetry.

Any beginning projects for introduction to the router would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Welcome, best thing is practice and play with router to get the feel making small cuts at first and be sure to develop safe habits as it is easier to learn good than break bad habits...
check bits for any breaks or cracks
make sure they are secure before routing
if on a table feed right to left,use featherboards if Ya have them
wear ppe, ear plugs safety glasses dust mask if have them these are good things to start with.....

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Welcome to the router forum.

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Will, start by reading the sticky threads at the top of each section as they are packed with useful information. The new Member Videos tab at the top of our home page will help you on your way; there are 3 posted now with more on the way. I learned a great deal by watching the Router Workshop TV show on PBS. Now the only way to view the entire series is to sign up for a paid viewing membership. Rick posted a link with a discount at the top of our home page. This is like getting a half hour woodworking lesson for $2.50 each.(Or less)
There are many good books on routing with different methods and they all work.
ShopNotes and Woodsmith Magazine offer excellent plans and no advertising. All the woodworking magazines have web sites with some free plans.

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Hi Will, I would pick out 3 different small projects that you would like to do in the order in which you want to do them in. Then I would either buy the plans, find free plans online or make up the plans yourself. At that point you will know what tools and accesories you will need to start.

When buying tools buy quality tools,, cheap tools eventually get thrown away while quality tools either are used in your shop or sold.

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