I am having a problem concerning the Harbor Freight template guides, or my ineptness, I suspect it is my ineptness.
Never having used a Router before, I purchased the HB guide set and installed. I did use a centering pin and everything looked copacetic. (Copacetic? I’ve been working around navy guys for too long.)
Anyway, I had a 3/4” plywood pattern and was cutting 3/4” plywood (Bases for a Paulk Miter Station, see Youtube). I cut a couple of the large bases and then the router bit ate the template guide. The ring that holds the template guide was loose. Was the ring loose because the bit ate the template guide or did the ring come loose and cause the bit to eat the guide? I don’t know.
I went back to HB and bought a 2nd set of guides. This time I centered the guide and torqued the ring that holds the guide in place to “Tim the Tool Man specifications”. Within 12 inches of routing the bit ate another guide.
Is it possible that I didn’t have the bit deep enough in the collet and the bit deflected enough to grab the guide?
The bit is a 1/2” shank with 1-1/2” cutting surface, which is also 1/2” in diameter. I did slide the bit out a bit to get it to go all the way through the 3/4” plywood.