When I first became interested in woodworking, about 9 or 10 years ago, I knew very little about power tools and woodworking, and nothing about hand tools. I remember when I bought my first router, I was certain that owning the router would make me a woodworker. With a flimsy borrowed sheet metal router table and one bit, I was putting ovolos, on every scrap piece of wood I could find. Then I realized that what I really needed was an assortment of router bits, then I would be a real woodworker. On a trip to Pennsylvania to visit family, I found myself standing in the Grizzly Tools showroom staring wistfully at the boxed sets of router bits. I must have spent an hour comparing one set to another, and I finally settled on a modest set of 30 or so bits. I was so pleased, and could not wait to return home to try them out. By this time I had returned the borrowed router table, so how was I to try out all these bits. Ah, ha if I build a fancy router table, than I can build all sorts of cool stuff, and I’ll be a real woodworker for sure. I found a cool set of plans in a WoodWorkers Journal magazine and set to work. My first real woodworking project, that baby had fold out wings, built in dust collection, wheels that could be raised and lowered to move it around the shop, and even router bit storage for my new set of shiny green router bits.
For a few years I used the heck out of that table, and at least 4 or 5 of those bits, until, I began to tire of the dust and the noise. I then started to look for other ways of doing things, and headed down the path of using hand tools. That router table saw less and less use, and then almost 2 years ago, I decided to get it the heck out of the shop. I freed up a few feet of floor space in my small shop and moved it to the shed, just in case I might need it again. After sitting unused in the shed, it found a new home today. My buddy Tony was happy to move it to his shop to replace his tabletop sheet metal router table!
I’m pretty sure that getting rid of that router table will make me a real woodworker!!!!!!!! Well probably not, I have since learned that the tools don’t make the woodworker, but without it I will continue to learn, hopefully improve my skills and continue to have fun doing things by hand. Of course Tony did promise me visitation rights if I ever need to use it!!!!
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