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Steve

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26 days ago

So, I am a real beginner when it comes to woodworking. I have built a bench, and a raised dog feeder, ya, I know I told you I am a true beginner. I own a miter saw, jig saw, pocket hole jig, circular saw, and a couple drills. I am looking to invest in a router/table combo, hopefully used like all the other tools I purchased. My question is where can I find some good information about how to use, examples of all that a router can do, that type of stuff! I have been looking on the internet, but havent been to successful! My dad was a hobby woodworker, and man do I wish he was still around to show me the ropes! any help is apprieciated.


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b2rtch

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#1 posted 26 days ago

I believe that YouTube is good source of such information or just Google what you are looking for, there are tons of websites and information available.
This website is also an excellent source for you as there is a lot of knowledge accumulated here.

-- Bert

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Tim

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#2 posted 26 days ago

I think you found the right spot Steve. In addition to the very talented people here, you can find some very good videos on Youtube. Steve Ramsey, etc.

I would also encourage you to at least consider going the hand tool or hybrid route before spending a lot on power tools. You may end up preferring power tools, but you won’t be out much money if you buy hand tools and end up preferring power tools since you’ll use the hand tools anyway, but the reverse way you’ll be stuck with power tools you might not use or want.
Paul Sellers or the Renaissance Woodworker are good Youtube channels to get started.

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neverenougftackle

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#3 posted 26 days ago

In reading your post/request Steve I remembered when I was starting out asking myself the same question. I bought at that time what I considered a good router table with their router mounted, just by going by their reputation,,,A Craftsman, And it sits in some spot in the corner used only from a specific occasions/set up. What I am trying to say, you are going to have some false starts. Just as buying a couple of books on routers, and there are a slew of them, it is probable the most versatile tool you are going to buy. So start out reading about the basics, at what they can do, and how to do that, and do it safely. Spleman, Warner, Hylton books on routers and their router books , are three that I started out with, and still refer to. Of course these are not at all the only ones, as just about every woodworking magazine publication out there, has a book on routers. Most are very good, and. some will have over lapping info. As well as some offer videos or a series of videos. Just on how much you are willing to spend and read. One step leads to another, a queston answered and then that answer leads to another question, then you are on down that path of learning.

You will have to judge by looking for you self,,,,,,also just where to start, there is a lot of info out there, and taking that step delving into it, that will lead you into the next phase of your learning…... routerforms.com is one online chat/learning place.

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 26 days ago

YouTube has lots of good video.

I think most of us wish we could go back and finish learning from our parents.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Gene Howe

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#5 posted 26 days ago

Specific router info can be had here. Like LJs, it populated by a bunch of knowledgeable folks willing to share.
Any of Bill Hylton’s router books are also great references.
I have a combo table saw and router table. It’s handy for sure but, there are times a separate table mounted router would be nice.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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TheFridge

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#6 posted 26 days ago

Check out Matthias wandels site woodgears.ca . He has a lot of useful stuff on their.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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DrDirt

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#7 posted 26 days ago

As others said – Youtube is great.
Also do some reading… public library will have lots of books.

Find a guild/club in your area. They may have tools they have not yet listed on Craigs list… but also show you how they set things up. Shop tours are one of my favorite activities in the guild… seeing how others have solved issues, built jigs/carts, storage etc.

Attend a week long or weekend school – - like Marc Adams www.marcadams.com

There are weekend classes on jigs/fixtures/machine set-up as well as week long classes to introduce you to everything a major shop would have.

Finally – check out Stumpy Nubs, Woodgears, the Woodwhisperer and some others, that do a web show and project community. I really enjoy woodworking for mere mortals

because Steve shows how you can do great projects, build skills without a gazillion dollar New Yankee WOrkshop shop.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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Steve

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#8 posted 22 days ago

So, in looking at routers, what is the difference from a trim router, from a regular router?

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Earlextech

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#9 posted 22 days ago

Trim routers are much smaller, easily held with one hand, with lower hp. They are designed to get into closer areas. Meant mainly for trimming formica but can be used for small operations.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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BinghamtonEd

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#10 posted 22 days ago

I use my trim router probably as much as I do my regular router. It’s great for hinge mortises, roundovers and chamfers, flush-cutting. I picked up the Bosch Colt off CL (still new, unused in box) for $50.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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Rick M.

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#11 posted 22 days ago

Companies have come out with a size between trim and regular, like Dewalts 1.25hp Compact. Powerful enough for most hand routing but easier to handle size. I appreciate routers for what they can do but I dislike using them, mostly because they are really loud.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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