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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 08-13-2011 01:24 AM 7903 reads 9 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I’ve had quite a number of people asking about the router. It’s funny, because I use it all the time and kind of gloss over any routing in my videos. It’s one of the most intimidating tools for new woodworkers.

It’s easy for me to sometimes forget that there are a lot of brand new woodworkers on LumberJocks who are trying to find their way into the craft. So if you are new to woodworking, don’t fret: we were all new at some point.

In the first video, I’ll give you a basic understanding of the woodworking router and enough to get you started with it. In part two, you can dive into your first project…something you can actually use.






-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com



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rance

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#1 posted 08-13-2011 01:50 AM

Steve, there’s a Bug in your video. Seriously. At 1:59, you have a tiny bug crawling above the 2nd row, 5th router bit. I’m so ashamed of you putting out buggy videos. :P Hey great job!!! :)

I just LOVE your enthusiasm and your animation. 8-) Ya did it again. And Dennis’s hat looks good hanging there in the shop. And I hope you find your Grrrrrripper soon. Its probably with your miter gauge. ;) Maybe I’ll order you some nice sharp pencils for you from Shipwright too. You know I’m just picking on you don’t you. Again, very nice and informative videos.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Stevinmarin

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#2 posted 08-13-2011 01:55 AM

Haha! Wow…you are observant! I never noticed!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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GodofBiscuits

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#3 posted 08-13-2011 02:19 AM

I half expected the picture to be Norm.

Greatest upgrade to those router tables… a simple dollar piece of mdf.

Great videos

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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Jorge Velez

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#4 posted 08-13-2011 02:30 AM

as ussual great project this wk for the router feeds! thks for sharing and teaching!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 08-13-2011 02:41 AM

Great video Steve! You covered a lot of good points and I learned a lot from it. The profile on the David Hasslehoff frame was really nice. I like how added the piece in. Thanks for taking the time to make another good video! It was truly enjoyable!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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abie

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#6 posted 08-13-2011 03:58 AM

Steve: I Looked high and low and can’t find the Bug? was it on David’s nose.
TNX… Great Video and I learned something too.

Bruce in Retirement in R… Moor.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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eddie

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#7 posted 08-13-2011 04:45 AM

thanks steve there are a lot of us newbees and your video was very informative sometimes the old hands at this craft forget that we,er learning the basics and sometimes intimidated when you see the thing that uall make .i just made my first router table and was cutting some dados for some t tracks i wish i had of watch this video first i think i burnt up my bit tried to eat the whole apple on one bite . again thanks i learned a lot also.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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fredf

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#8 posted 08-13-2011 05:02 AM

One point you missed is that you do NOT want to quite bottom the bit in the collet; can give you issues when you go to remove it

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 08-13-2011 06:11 AM

Very Good, Steve!

Good job!

I didn’t no BUG! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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TheKingInYellow

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#10 posted 08-13-2011 06:35 AM

This went from great to pure awesome once you revealed the Hoff.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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rance

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#11 posted 08-13-2011 07:17 AM

Here’s the Bug Joe:

Ya gotta be fast because he moves quick. You might have to play it a few times to catch it. Steve, you might have to get the bug to sign a Model Release. Or blur him out.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Bob Kollman

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#12 posted 08-13-2011 07:53 AM

Great video, you missed your Norm momrent thou….After you have everything clamped your
suppose to let it sit over night….Next scene, “good morning…..” In your next video you might
also want to take a moment to talk about shop safety!!!! Excellent job!!! I liked your frame. :)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 08-13-2011 07:58 AM

Rance,

You got better eyes than I do!

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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andyboy

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#14 posted 08-13-2011 10:03 AM

Fantastic Video Steve. Easy to watch. Thanks mate.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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Stevinmarin

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#15 posted 08-13-2011 05:20 PM

Fred: that’s a good point about not bottoming out bits in the collet. I recently ran into this problem and included it in this video. (Skip to 1:20 for that part.)


-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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