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Good afternoon! Brand new to woodworking of really any kind - slapped a few fences together in my day, but that's about it.

I'm getting out of the four-wheeling/Jeepin' scene, and want to get into woodworking.

Picked up my first router the other day - a Milwaukee 5615-24.

Looking forward to learning a lot here!

-Mark
 

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Mark,
Welcome to the forum. What kind of projects do you have in mind? What other woodworking tools do you have available?
Mike Hawkins;)
 

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Welcome to the fourms if you need anything just let us know.
 

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Mark,
Welcome to the forum. What kind of projects do you have in mind? What other woodworking tools do you have available?
Mike Hawkins;)
Eventually I'd like to redo the doors on our kitchen cabinets. Maybe a small, relatively simple entertainment center. I'm sure the wife has some projects in mind as well, we've tossed some ideas around for a headboard for the bed, as well as some small shelving units.

Unfortunately my tools are pretty simple, limited & low quality right now. I have an inexpensive Black & Decker jigsaw, a horribly underpowered Walmart Skil circular saw and a palm sander or two.

Coming from the four wheeling/Jeeping world, I'm setup to work with metal, not wood. I've got just about every form of welder, metal cutting tool available, but a decent hand saw is no where to be found. Time to start shopping!

I think next on my list is a table saw - I'm absolutely horrible at cutting anything straight with the circular saw. Clamps & a decent work bench would sure be a big help as well.
 

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Welcome

Where in Northern Colorado are you located?
I grew up in the Denver area. In my younger years hunted all over Northern Colorado with my Dad.
 

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Welcome Mark; LOL my daughter used to live in Loveland! I been there a few times, nice area. Greely stinks LOL literally. Nice Bud setup in Ft. Collins. Rock Mtn park just awesome, Trail Ridge drive is awesome.
Yeah that big ass rock they call Pikes LOL LOL been there real got the t shirt roflol
 

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Is the saw underpowered or is the blade south of worthless?
Yes. :laughing:


I think it's a combination of factors, really. It's a cheap saw, no doubt about that. Secondly, I'm sure the blade has seen better days. Thirdly, I didn't have a good way of clamping my material, so I wasn't able to effectively push the saw (half holding the material with one hand, pushing the saw with the other). I was cutting 3/4" birch plywood, and the saw kept wanting to skew - eventually it would bog so badly it would trip a breaker. :huh:

EDIT: I'm pretty sure this is the saw I have: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10099142
 

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Welcome!! I'm sure you'll find this site very informative, I know I have. Like you, I'm new to woodworking. If you're looking to buy tools, check and see if any of the Home Depots around you have any of the Ridgid TS 3660s left. They are clearing them out for $399 and you can get 10% off for opening a new credit account. Another money saving tip is to go to the Post Office and grab a handful of the moving kits. Each one contains a coupon for 10% off a purchase at Lowes.

I also heard at another site that some of the Home Depots will offer a 50% discount fro one item if you open the credit account. That doesn't work here in the Northeast, but I've been told that it sometimes works out west
 

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Mark,
Welcome,Iwent jeepin' at a rally put on by the mile high jeep club back in the early to mid '70s spent two weeks going all over beautiful country.
Jeepin' or wood working,I think jeepin's cheeper.When looking for tools, get on here and ask questions.People on this site are very helpful and knowledgeable.
Rick
 
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