I really appreciate feedback on projects, whether they are successful or not. Certainly, I enjoy hearing about the ones like yours that turn out great but the ones that have problems help us learn too.
I really suggest that if you are looking to do woodworking with your router, that you get a book that shows some basic projects. That's how I started and think that it is a pretty good approach. And I also learned when making a hand mirror out of purpleheart that it burns even easier than oak.
Some other things I have learned are that router bits by mail order from www.mlcs.com are great and the prices are fantastic. You can save enough to justify buying or building a router table--or at least that's what you can tell your wife.
Bring on your home office upgrade. We are here to help.