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Location: Thomaston, CT

I'm a 34 year old mother of 2 from Thomaston, CT.I grew up working in the wood shop with my dad and grandfather.Some of my best memories are of whiling away the nights and weekends helping them build beautiful furniture.I just recently picked up my tools again as a way to relax and get away from the kids for awhile sometimes.This seems like a great community with a wealth of information and experience.Im excited to start creating again & I hope to be able to learn from all of you as I don't have my dad or grandfather to turn to anymore.

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#1 posted 02-24-2013 11:25 AM

Hello, I am new here.Hopefully lumberchicks are welcome with the Lumberjocks?I am looking to purchase my first router.I am looking at the Dewalt DW618 or Dewalt DWP611 and I’m wondering which would be the best first router.Ive only used my grandfathers ancient Porter Cable so I don’t have much experience to make a decision.My first instinct would be to go for the smaller DWP611, bc of its smaller size(maybe easier for a woman’s smaller hands to control?)How much of a big deal is it that it only accepts 1/4 bits for a beginner?Will I regret it down the road?Also, for my first router should I be worried about its ability to be mounted on a router table later.Im assuming that with the smaller model,I wouldn’t have that ability?I would appreciate anyone’s advice and input as Im a newbie to the world of routing.Thanks in advance!

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 12:35 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. Every one is welcome here. You will find some of the greatest woodworkers on the planet here. The best part is that they are an email away to ask questions. Hope you enjoy and looking forward to your postings.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 01:12 PM

Hi and welcome! You’ll find this to be a very friendly and helpful bunch of people. :)
As you get me active in woodworking, you’ll probably find yourself owning several sizes of routers. One that only takes 1/4” bits is no drawback, as there are a lot of bits in that size. A smaller router is also very handy for smaller jobs, as it is much easier to control. While you won’t be able to rebuild the Titanic with a small router, you’ll find it a very versatile tool to own.

-- "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the sea." ~Antoine de Saint Exupery

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 01:15 PM

Welcome aboard. It’s great that you could join us on Lumberjocks

Regarding your question. Please try posting it in one of the forums. Simply click on forums at the top of this page. Then choose the correct forum. There is a forum for power tools. This page is your profile page, so you will get many more responses on the forum page. Good luck !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 01:53 PM

Sorry, I should have posted this in the Forums.Thanx for the heads up Wayne, I will do that now.Thanks for the welcomes and quick answers.I can tell I will learn a lot here.Now I just have to find the time to get some real projects under my belt.So far, Ive just built some small shelving units and toy storage boxes for my son.Im setting up my new Bosch Portable table saw today.That might not sound too exciting to most,but its a big improvement for me in my tiny basement work area.Up until now,Ive been working with a drill, circular saw, jig saw and basic hand tools.Thanks again for the input.Im sure Ill have many more questions along the way.

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 02:41 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#7 posted 02-24-2013 03:40 PM

Hey Woodgirl,

Lumberchicks…thats good!...and you all are definitely welcome! In regards to your question about your router situation. I love my Dewalt routers. I use the 611 all the time. I am not sure what kind of work you do so I cannot tell if it will be adequate for you as it does only have the 1/4 in collet. However, it handles superbly and has beautiful controls and power for its size. If you are doing hand held routing it is definitely the way to go.

If you are table mounting the router definitely go with something bigger. I use both the 3hp PC and the Triton. I would recommend the Triton. It is a brilliant piece of machinery that will allow you to raise and lower the bit from the top of the table. It has all the power to run bits large enough to make panel doors and comes with collets for the small bits needed for detail work as well. It has a great dust collection system too. You can see it here.

Either router with do you well and there will be no regret as each on fills a need. I hope this helps. The Bosch table saw was an excellent addition, it is the best in its class so you should be able to do great things there. (I get excited over any new tool in my shop so I get where you are coming from!) Post some pictures of your shelves and storage boxes.

You will find this site full of amazing people, packed with kind hearts just waiting to give you advice backed by years of knowledge. It is an excellent source of inspiration, help and even healing!

Hope to see you around.


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#8 posted 02-24-2013 04:49 PM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !

Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
You should know that posting questions or projects here (your profile page) will not get you very many responses’ just because it’s your profile page not part of a main forum. To post in a main forum read below.
Want to know how to post something?
See the drop-down box underneath my Lumberjocks in the upper right hand corner. Click on the arrow and select which type of posting you want to make (Project, Blog entry, Forum topic). This will take you to the appropriate page and you just fill in the form.
Sending Private messages(PMs) to other members
Click on the word” home” next to the profile picture of the member you want to contact ,then click on “send message”
Need help with posting or other questions ?
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#9 posted 02-25-2013 12:32 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks – enjoy the Community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 02-25-2013 02:42 AM

Thanks everyone for the info.I tried posting the question in the Power Tool Forum as suggested, but I guess your first post needs to be reviewed and approved before it will appear in the forum,so I haven’t gotten any feedback from there yet.(At least that’s the msg that’s popping up on my screen)But I appreciate the feedback in here.i still havent made a decision.Im very tempted to get the DPW611 to start out and get used to the feel of a router in my hands again,but it has its limitations.I havent touched a router since I was 18 yrs old.I don’t own a router table,so mounting it isn’t an issue right now.The only thing holding me back is the fact that the 611 is $149 from Home Depot and I can get arefurbished 618 from CPO tools for $159 and not have to worry about upgrading later.Any thoughts on this?Again, I’m posting here bc I’m not able to post in the forums yet.

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#11 posted 02-25-2013 03:53 AM

I would start with the 611. It is by far my favorite router, it has plenty of power and it fits perfectly in the hand. It will give you the ability to get used to using the router again but have plenty of router to fill your needs.

Either way you go you will not regret it!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#12 posted 02-25-2013 04:10 AM

Well,I got 2 votes for the 611 & that was my first instinct anyway.If I find I love routing&do a lot of it,I will invest in the larger model and a table down the road.Thanks for the quick feedback from everyone and also the welcomes.This place is a great resource.Ive been visiting this site for awhile, but didnt join because I thought I was too much of a novice.Now I see there are many kind people here willing to help a beginner.Thanks to all!Im off to order my router!

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#13 posted 02-25-2013 06:47 PM

Hello, welcome! If you have a Harbor Freight Tools near you, see if you can grab one of their 20% off coupons. Sometimes HD (and Lowe’s) will honor it. If not, at the post office they often have a pack of coupons for people who are moving house (packaged with a change of address form) and there’s usually a 10% off Lowe’s coupon in there. I’ve used one or the other for many of my large tool purchases.

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#14 posted 02-25-2013 11:53 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. Enjoy your stay. There’s a wealth of information on here, just for the asking.

-- Rule 7 - Always be specific when you lie

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#15 posted 02-26-2013 02:33 PM

I just checked and I have a Harbor Freight 15 mins from me and never knew it.Ive ordered a few misc things from them online, not knowing I had one right in my back yard.I found their online coupon code for 20% off, not sure where to find the instore one.How are their tools generally?They don’t seem to have the best reviews, but some things are tempting to try bc of the price.I don’t have a ton of $ to spend right now since I just bought the Bosch table saw and 2 routers+accessories.I was checking out their bench top drill press(Almost burned up my corded drill w/a 1 1/2” spade bit:-)and their 60” now working off a B&D workmate and a solid door on top of two sawhorses.Im debating grabbing those two things from HF or suffering w/the set up I have now&saving up.Any advice?

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