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View Poll Results: How long have you been using a Router?
Less then 1 year 69 18.25%
1 to 2 years 30 7.94%
2 to 5 years 55 14.55%
5 to 10 years 47 12.43%
10 to 20 years 62 16.40%
More then 20 years 115 30.42%
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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 12-08-2004, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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How long ago did you start using a router? Have you just started this year? If it has been over 20 years leave a post with how many.

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How long ago did you start using a router? Have you just started this year? If it has been over 20 years leave a post with how many.

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Bought my first one at Sears in 1971 or 2... used it until 2001, I think, when I started watching R.W. and picked up the H M12V and made my own table out of drafting table permanently "borrowed" from work.
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Bought my first one at Sears 1975 or 76 and still use it, but not as often since I now have a bunch of other routers to use.

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Just returning to woodworking after a 25 year leave of absence... I feel like I forgot more than I ever really knew though. That's alright.... with the fine folks here, I will be better than ever.
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Bought my first one at Sears in 1971 or 2... used it until 2001, I think, when I started watching R.W. and picked up the H M12V and made my own table out of drafting table permanently "borrowed" from work.
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I'm just getting started (I'm in the under 1 year group), but with a number of tips gathered here and another forum I frequent -- I'm learning more uses for the router almost daily.

What I cannot believe, is how I managed to do anything at all for the 'long time' I've been around -- without having had a router before now.
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I believe in my whole life I've routered a total of 2 - 3 hours.

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My first Craftsman router was bought in 1980. I cut some molding for a bed and it was relagated to a carboard box under the workbench until this year when i discovered the Router Workshop. Well that router now does the laminate trim work, My 2nd Craftsman router (1/4") does the light duty stuff in its Craftsman router table. My latest router is a Porter Cable 800 series and it is the workhorse. I bought the Oak Park Vac u plate and mounted the fixed base on it and use the plunge base for everything else. Thanks to Bob and Rick I have moved up from 2x4's and cdx to clear pine and baltic birch.
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Never answer polls before you finish your morning coffee. Took me a while to figure out I started 16 years ago. My first was a Craftsman 1 1/2 HP with the built in worklight. I used it for small projects like chamfering the edges of a stair rail. 2 years ago I purchased the Bosch 1617 combo pack. Early last fall I traded a torpedo heater for a Porter cable 7518; it was too heavy for the guy who bought it! I grabbed a Ryobi laminate trimmer for $15, then this summer bought my pin router and an older Craftsman commercial for $20. I have 3/8" collets for the Bosch and PC so I can use optical cutters. These are about a 3/4" ball shape with 3, 11 or 12 flutes. Once these bits have been sharpened past tolerance you can get them dirt cheap.

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Never answer polls before you finish your morning coffee. Took me a while to figure out I started 16 years ago. My first was a Craftsman 1 1/2 HP with the built in worklight. I used it for small projects like chamfering the edges of a stair rail. 2 years ago I purchased the Bosch 1617 combo pack. Early last fall I traded a torpedo heater for a Porter cable 7518; it was too heavy for the guy who bought it! I grabbed a Ryobi laminate trimmer for $15, then this summer bought my pin router and an older Craftsman commercial for $20. I have 3/8" collets for the Bosch and PC so I can use optical cutters. These are about a 3/4" ball shape with 3, 11 or 12 flutes. Once these bits have been sharpened past tolerance you can get them dirt cheap.

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Mike if had had a herd of routers like that I sure wouln't be changing bits much!

Virgin here, but getting good advice on selection of routers and bits is making choices much easier.
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