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Forum topic by AM420 posted 12-06-2018 10:17 PM 280 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AM420

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12-06-2018 10:17 PM

I’m working on a project plan that calls for a cut using a 5/8” straight router bit and 1 3/8” guide bearing to basically cut a 3/8” dado along a curve. I checked Rockler and Woodcraft for a guide bearing to put on my bit, but they don’t have them, and I haven’t had much luck finding anything online.

If anyone has any advice on where to find this I would appreciate it. Also, this will be my first time adding a guide bearing onto a router bit. If there’s anything special to know about how to secure it to the router bit shaft, please let me know.

Thanks!


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bandit571

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#1 posted 12-06-2018 10:23 PM

I walked past a display of guide bearings, while shopping at Menard’s last week….Sold by CMT….might try them?

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#2 posted 12-06-2018 10:29 PM

It sounds like your bit doesn’t have the bearing stud on the tip and if you are cutting a 3/8” (wide?) dado with a 5/8” bit, you probably are really cutting a rabbet?

You can easily buy bearings that fit over the bits shaft (1/2” or 1/4”). These have a colllar to hold them in place.

Single bearings can easily be found
Alternatively you can get a rabbet bit set that comes with a variety of tip mounted bearings.

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#3 posted 12-06-2018 10:39 PM

I ordered from Router Bit World.

$1 shipping on all orders means that you can order little things cheaply.

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SMP

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#4 posted 12-07-2018 04:55 PM

Have ordered from here before. Assuming its a 1/2” shaft bit? Towards bottom of page:

https://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/bushing_ball_bearings.html#1327

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#5 posted 12-07-2018 06:26 PM



Have ordered from here before. Assuming its a 1/2” shaft bit? Towards bottom of page:

https://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/bushing_ball_bearings.html#1327

- SMP

Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!!

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