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Forum topic by Adamal posted 12-08-2012 08:25 PM 1182 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2012 08:25 PM

I’ve got what’s prolly a stupid question, but I’m pretty new to routers.

I’ve got an old Stanley router which I’ve had for 15 years. The few times I’ve used it, it was with small 1/4” shank bits and I never had a problem. I’m in the middle of a bookcase project and I bought a large chamfer bit with a 1/2” shank and when I put it in, I got really confused.

The opening in the router base isn’t large enough for the bit to go through so I can’t adjust the depth to get the size chamfer I need. Right now, all I’m doing is chamfering the edges of the fence on a cross-cut sled that I’m making. Later I’ll be using it on my bookcase.

Here’s a pic of what I mean:

Am I just an idiot? Shouldn’t I be able to drop the base down to get whatever size chamfer I want? Or do I just have a screwy old router.

Thanks all.

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#1 posted 12-08-2012 08:32 PM

Buy a really good router on CL.

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#2 posted 12-08-2012 08:41 PM

The router base just doesn’t have a big enough hole in it, which actually surprises me. Any router that fits 1/2” shank bits should have an opening large enough to accommodate that bit. And it looks to me like it’s the metal part of the base, so not adjustable. If it were my router and I didn’t tend to use attachments, such as collar guides, with it, then I would cut the opening larger.

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#3 posted 12-08-2012 08:44 PM

it looks like your problem is with the router base itself. good routers are wide open on the base and accept different base plates to accomodate bigger bits. pull the base plate off and see if any of that metal is removable.

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#4 posted 12-08-2012 09:17 PM

As the others have said you need to drop the router bit down lower .Some times on older routers you can just slowly lower the bit and cut your way through the base plate if there’s metal behind the black base plate you can take a number of allturnitives, the easiest is to use a smaller chamfer bit ,another route is to make a thicker shop made base plate so the bit will be low enough to chamfer at the height you want to,this will take longer screws ,many router base screws are a off size threads so you have to be careful you have the correct thread. I think there is a post on ljs how to make your own base plate that might help. Lastly buy a more up to date router.

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#5 posted 12-08-2012 09:22 PM

I would work on making a router table. The extra length needed to raise the bit to the table surface will provide the clearance you need. The router has a maximum diameter, which you exceeded with this bit. You may also try going with a smaller diameter bit or looking into another router.

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#6 posted 12-08-2012 09:31 PM

Routers aren’t that expensive and you need more than one, start shopping.

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#7 posted 12-08-2012 09:45 PM

I don’t want to ask a stupid question here, but I will. Did you switch to a 1/2” collet? If you were using 1/4” bits and are trying to use a 1/2” shank bit without swapping the collet, its not going to fit.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#8 posted 12-08-2012 10:23 PM

sikrap, it’s a 1/2” collet router. I had bought an adapter a while back to use some cheaper 1/4” bits.

Hey, you’re in my old neighborhood. I had family in Schenectady many moons ago. They lived at Eastern Ave. and McClellan St. I used to work at a Deli called Uncle Fuzzies right there (I was about nine). Other cousins live out in Galway at 147 & 29. Also, my brother used to own Fritz’s bar in Rotterdam.

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