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    Posted: 22 May 2020 at 12:20
My missus wants a router to do some woodwork.  I’m keen to have a go as well.

So the usual question - what to go for?   And also should I buy a router table, too?

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Originally posted by stuv65 stuv65 wrote:

My missus wants a router to do some woodwork.


Sounds like a trick to me.   (o;
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I bought one out if Argos years ago, cost about £30 or less.  Used a few times a year and always done the job.   I just use my workbench and prop anything up off it that I want to make a hole straight through.
Dont spend  lot of money on it if you are not going to use it seriously
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My wife gets those ideas, then after 5 minutes of trying - "can you do it?"

I bought a cheapy Challenge router from Argos many years ago. Still have it, been fine for occasional work. Never bothered with a table, just used a workbench.

As I haven't ever tried any other one, I can't say if any one is best, or what features each has.
It also depends on what she wants to do. Mine at least has guides so you canmake a cut along a length of wood, but I expect that's a minimum accessory.

You will also need a selection of router bits. I bought a box of about 20, most of which I have used.
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My wife gets those ideas, then after 5 minutes of trying - "can you do it?"
Oh yes, that one. Whenever my old girl says "I'm going to do some gardening today" I know that my day's a write off.
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There great tools. I use mine occationally. Worktops mostly.
As with all power tools don't touch the moving blade. I was told about someone that placed the router on the bench with the blade still exposed and when he touched it with his thumb it tore the tendon from his arm and it snapped in his shoulder. Sick
 
 
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Originally posted by ItieNut ItieNut wrote:

As with all power tools don't touch the moving blade. 

I remember holding a jig saw the wrong way once. I did drop it very quickly. Even the neighbours along the road heard it.
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The sparky I know almost lost his eye when he walked along the scaffold and walked end on into saw that was resting on a windowsill.

I know its easy to say don't touch the blade. But its just as easy to forget yourself and do it anyway.
Not long ago I was checking for a spark on the Honda the plug sliped off the head so I grabed hold of it. Duh Embarrassed
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I hate testing plugs for a spark. How come some people just hold them? I always get a belt, so spend ages balancing them on cylinder heads.

As for the router, I bought a router table top thing (Black&Decker) when I bought mine, 35 years ago. Binned the table after 6months, not worth the effort, but the router is used regularly on a B&D 'Workmate'. Very handy.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2020 at 22:43
Originally posted by Jerry atric Jerry atric wrote:

I hate testing plugs for a spark. How come some people just hold them? I always get a belt, so spend ages balancing them on cylinder heads.

I remember a playmate of mine (yes, all that time ago) who accidentally peed on an electric fence. I doubt he did that again.
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Doesn't bear thinking about!
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I love working with wood, though I´ve not progressed as far as a router as yet.
I have noticed that people sometimes think it is the tool that does the job, whereas in my experience the tool just sits there on the bench, and it is the hands, and the experience of the holder which get the job done.
I think very few jobs only require a router, there will be a need to employ other tools to accomplish whatever task you choose, and becoming familiar with them (if you are not?) will vastly increase your chances of success.
Chisels and planes are very useful for example, and if you know how to keep them sharp you will avoid a lot of hassle.
Nothing frustrates the enthusiasm like a tool in poor condition, and every job is dependant on the correct setting up procedure.
If you want to explore the addictive end of the woodworking spectrum,  a wood-lathe will keep you mesmerised until the small hours of the morning, these are my spice jars.


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I have been thinking of doing a bit of woodwork to fill the time. Did think of a bandsaw or scroll saw, not so sure about a lathe.

My best attempt so far is with a chainsaw, with a bit of sanding to finish.


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I have a couple of big crocodile clips bolted together. One end clips to a head fin, the other to the plug base. Works very well.





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You all seem far too talented with wood. I am limited to saw, chisel and plane and I am not particularly clever with any of those. Nice to see you have managed to ration the marmite during the lockdown Ben, unless your local supermercado stocks it? I am always horrified at the price of marmite and other British essentials when I see them abroad.
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