Router Bit Bearing Removal Jig

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Project by Bricofleur posted 04-04-2011 12:28 AM 2745 views 15 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To prevent injuries or droping router bits on the concrete floor of my basement workshop, I devised this jig that is easy to use and is 100% safe. Only a stick of hardwood and few 1-1/4’’ lengths of 1/4” dowels are needed to build the jig. You slip the router bit shank in the appropriate hole and the dowels prevent the bit from spinning. The dowels are spaced so they would leave room for any sizes of router bits, even a 3-1/2” panel raising bit or a tiny 1/4” shank 22° laminate flush trim bit.

All edges of the jig have been chamfered for a smooth touch. And don’t glue the dowels since with time they should wear out or even brake.

For more details and more pictures, visit this page of my blog.



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#1 posted 04-04-2011 12:40 AM

great idea Serge i can use this one !!
do you clamp it in a vise or just hold it in your hand?
you should incorperate a allen wrench holder
because i can never find mine



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#2 posted 04-04-2011 12:52 AM

@ kiefer: I never tried but holding it in my hands works great. I would also add it’s easier to hold the jig at an angle to properly screw and unscrew the allen wrench.

About the allen wrench holder, this is the solution.

Thanks for stopping by.



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#3 posted 04-04-2011 02:47 AM

Cool Idea! Thanks!!

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#4 posted 04-04-2011 03:02 AM

Great idea! Thanks for posting.

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#5 posted 04-04-2011 03:44 AM

Nice jig…great idea , Serge….now I feel silly for just leaving the bit in the router collet while changing the bearing , utilizing a wrench or the spindle lock depending on which router, while tightening or loosening the screw : )

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#6 posted 04-04-2011 08:36 AM

Really clever, I think you are the father of invention. Always new and clever ideas, thank you.
And congratulations again on that article about benchdogs over at Veritas, that was really well done, and I can highly recomend to others.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 04-04-2011 10:19 AM

Sweet and simple…good one.

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#8 posted 04-04-2011 11:15 AM

Now there’s a good idea

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#9 posted 04-04-2011 01:08 PM

very nifty idea.

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#10 posted 04-04-2011 02:10 PM

Need to add this to my arsenal. Great idea.

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#11 posted 04-04-2011 03:13 PM

Wow, another great idea. You should write a book!

Thanks again

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#12 posted 04-04-2011 03:21 PM

I like that. was changing bearings the other day and to chuck it up in the router.
Thanks for sharing.

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#13 posted 04-04-2011 05:30 PM

Thank you all, guys, for your comments. As usual, it’s all about sharing.
It’s amazing how such a small idea can lead to a time, fingers and carbide tips saver.



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#14 posted 04-05-2011 05:18 AM

That’s a very nice and simple jig.I like it!

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#15 posted 04-05-2011 05:23 AM

Nice but most routers have the jig built into them

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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