I’ve always looked at furniture, cabinets and misc things made of wood and said to myself…I could make that. Watching The Wood Whisperer podcasts and NYW really has inspired me to finally get into woodworking. Now that I have a bit more time and a little space to actually start trying to make things myself I find that I’m a bit lost as to where to actually start. What tools do I need? How should I plan it out? How should I make it?...etc
So I’ve come up with a short list of things I’d like to make, but more importantly learn on. My first project will be a router table. Secondly, I’ll be building some cabinets / shelves in the shop with the new router and router table. Thirdly, I’ll make some jigs and misc boxes to store tools and other items. At least if I mess something up for the shop, my wife won’t say anything bad :)
For now, I’ve got a few basic tools: Clamps, Circular Saw, Jig saw, Orbital Sander / Finish Sander, Belt Sander and a Dremel. The next tool I plan to purchase a router. From what I’m reading, this is the tool that can do most things I’ll need from the start until I can get a table saw such as dado’s, edgeing and joints. I’ll be reading reviews and topics to figure out which one to get and what bits I should start out with. This of course leads into what will be my first project, a router table.
I’ve see a lot of cool router tables on this site that other jocks have built and I can’t wait to make my own. The most common plan I see that people went with is the NYW deluxe routing table. I like what Norm did and from reading the blogs and projects that others have there are a lot of things I can do to the router table in the way of dust collection and mobility that I’ll definitely be looking into. My first step in this project will be to purchase the plans and figure out the hardware, tools and lumber I’ll need.