G'day all, Like many others, I've been inspired by reading through this forum for the past three years or so and have given building a crack. So far, I figure I've been lucky (as well as overly cautious) in that I've had no injuries and only one near miss (that I'll expound on in a minute). It occurs to me that I'm sure I'm not alone in having enthusiasm and a few basic skills but not so much to know what all the risks are. I think of it like knowing what car repairs you can do yourself and which ones are best left to pros. So, I'm hoping this thread might become a bit of a helpful roadsign for folks hoping to pick up a fun hobby without chopping off their fingers/running a router into their guts because they didn't know not to switch the router on with the bit against the inside of their pickup template (pretty glad it jumped out AWAY from me rather than towards me...) Of course, common sense is the first rule and being too cautious isn't going to kill you: - don't stick your fingers in the router, - keep your free hand behind the cutting edge if you can help it - wait til the router's stopped before you take your hands off it - unplug the router before you change bits I just hate the vicious irony of the thought of a forum full of fingerless guitar players! So, what I hope is for those with experience to share a few tips or stories of near-misses (or not-so-near not-misses) where you learned something that you wish you knew ten seconds earlier as a resource for the rest of us jumping into this hobby with only vague memories of high school woodtech. Here's to keeping all our fingers!