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I am a beginner woodworker. Doing great so far. I am currently looking for a router. Now I need to learn to use one. What would be the best way to do this? Any info is appreciated.

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Teresa, l started buying magazines, watching nearly nothing but reno shows .

First router l bought was a 3 1/4 Mikitia professional router and a Mikitia edge trimer,  reason l started with those two was bought them at a yardsale for $ 40.00 lol.

I still have them along with 2-3 more 7 years latter l have been buying cd's, DVD's the past 3 years buying them on how to make joinery, use router, bandsaw etc use scrap wood and have fun.

Jim Ontario

Get a "soft start" router.  Most variable speed routers have this feature.  Routers without this feature want to jump when you turn them on, and it is a bit scary.  Even for experienced woodworkers.

My favorite one that I have is the Bosch Colt, but the similar DEWALT DWP611PK 1.25 compact router (which came out after I bought the Colt) has some better features.  It comes in a kit with a plunge base, which makes it more versatile.

In our area, router tables (some with routers) are often offered for sale cheaply in Craigslist Tools.

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