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Forum topic by Kent Shepherd posted 1716 days ago 2635 views 0 times favorited 37 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kent Shepherd

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1716 days ago

One of our customers was making a box like The Wood Whisperer showed on video recently. He was routing out the inside and found his bit was a bit (no pun intended) too short. Of course he did the “logical” thing, he brought the bit out of the collet enough to compensate. After tightening well, (or so he thought) he began to rout six boxes. Everything was fine until box #6. Realizing it was no longer cutting, he checked to see what was wrong.

This is what he found lying inside the box:

In all my years of woodworking, I’ve never seen this before.
Moral of this story——-We sell longer bits!

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#1 posted 1716 days ago

DANG! glad he found it in the box, and not outside the box… on the way to E.R.

sure is a short bit.

safety safety safety….

thanks for the post

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 1716 days ago

And his only clue was that it wasn’t cutting anymore???

-- Scott

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#3 posted 1716 days ago

wow , kent ,
this is a new one .

i’ve had them chip ,
delaminate ,
and just fly out ,
but never seen a bent one .

lucky he wasn’t hurt !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 1716 days ago

Holy Cow! What was he thinking ( Not safety thats for sure) It looks to be 1/4” shaft and he only had it approx 1/2 ” (at the most) in the chuck!!
Good thing it didn’t lodge itself in his neck then he’d look like Frankinstien…....

This is a new one for sure!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#5 posted 1716 days ago

Very lucky.. bet he buys his bits a bit bigger… pun intended.. and from you…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#6 posted 1716 days ago

Three cheers for 1/2” shanks!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#7 posted 1716 days ago

ditto knotscott. if at all possible, i buy 1/2” shanks. the cost difference is really minimal. out of 20 or so bit I own, only two are 1/4”, they were the first bits I bought.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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2163 posts in 2149 days

#8 posted 1716 days ago

I guess wow is in order! Think safety first and try avoid using a tool/bit outside the normal parameter that it was designed to do.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio,

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10874 posts in 2161 days

#9 posted 1716 days ago

I saw another router bit at our shop do that. If you need it further down, get one of those extended router bit collets. Thank God he didn’t get hurt.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#10 posted 1716 days ago

That is amazing.

I’m guessing that the shank was also hot from cutting.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 1716 days ago

Yep, that’s a new one for me too!

Good thing it was inside a box where it couldn’t FLY around and really do lots of damage!

Do you really make LONGER bits? :) :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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133 posts in 1716 days

#12 posted 1716 days ago

Time for an upgrade to a 1/2” shank!! Wow, I have had bits self destruct, but not like that.

-- Jef Spencer - Refined Pallet -

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#13 posted 1715 days ago

This would be a good time to ask if anyone has been injured by a broken router bit. Over the years I have broken a few, but they just seem to dribble to a stop on the table. i always feared a broken bit until it happened, and had the reaction I experienced about 5 times. My most recent was an upcut bit that stopped about where it broke, two of the others were v groove bits that i forced too much, did much the same thing.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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Joe Lyddon

7624 posts in 2655 days

#14 posted 1715 days ago

I have not had any bits break…

I’m scared of it happening…

Maybe I shouldn’t be so scared? :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 1715 days ago

Just a bit too much for me!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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