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Blog series by Haydar updated 07-14-2009 08:22 PM 4 parts 9324 reads 37 comments total

Part 1: Ready to buy my first wood

05-18-2009 04:58 PM by Haydar | 10 comments »

I was really intimidated when I first started thinking about going to a mill or lumberyard to purchase wood. I have no idea what I’m doing. I just have a plan for a router table that calls for poplar. I didn’t want to waste people’s time and I didn’t want to look like an idiot. I watched a few videos at the wood whisperer and am feeling a little better about going to get some wood. Here is the area on the website for new woodworkers.” http://thewoodwhisperer....

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Part 2: To choose a router table plan

05-20-2009 03:29 AM by Haydar | 7 comments »

Initially, I had decided to build a router table using a plan I found at Bob’s plans. The plan for the table above is located here This table seems simple enough for me to build, and the plans are detailed enough for me. But it is a bench top table. I have enough room to build a full router table and I am wondering if it would make more sense to do that. I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew. I see so many beautiful tables here that are way out of my league. But I...

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Part 3: My trip to Lowes

05-20-2009 03:40 AM by Haydar | 8 comments »

In my first post i mentioned that I couldn’t find any dimensional lumber at my local big box stores. Well now that I have learned a little bit it was easy to find the hardwood section. I could see that they had Red Oak, Poplar, and something called whitewood? that looked alot like Pine to my inexperienced eyes. The had 6 or 7 racks of boards of various lengths and widths. The one thing I did notice was the price. A 6×6 x 1 poplar board (3 board feet) was going for about $23. Tha...

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Part 4: Starting to build my router table

07-14-2009 08:22 PM by Haydar | 12 comments »

I’ve finally started building my router table. But before I could do even do that I had to build myself a couple jigs. Since I don’t have a table saw yet I built a guide for my circular saw so that I could at least cut a straight line. I’ve heard that the table saw is the most important woodworking tool. But from my reading I’ve made the following observations about table saws: Table Saws vary a great deal in quality The difference in quality makes a huge dif...

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