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Forum topic by praspekt posted 463 days ago 548 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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praspekt

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463 days ago

i just built a routing table out of 3/4” MDF. when i mount the router underneath with a bit placed in the Collet fully in, it doesn’t really reach the cutting depth that i need.. so i started pulling the bit out about 1/4”-3/8” and doing my routing like that. any thoughts on this? should i have used 5/8” MDF? sometime is doesn’t feel safe like the bit might break or something.. though i might just be paranoid.

any recommendations would be great!

thanks.


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surfin2

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#1 posted 463 days ago

I take it U didn’t use a plate to mount the router…

-- Rick

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#2 posted 463 days ago

I never run my bits all the way down, I’d have to go out to the garage to look at whats in there now, but I’d think1/4 out you’d be fine with most bits. I wouldn’t pull it out more than half the length of the bit’s shaft though.

Or you could use the router to take away a little material on the underside, so you can still have the strength of the 3/4 over the rest of the table, but get the router up a little higher.

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Richard

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#3 posted 463 days ago

check outthe Router Forums site , they have lots of Info on instllaing routers in tables. Try useing a router plate that is only 1/4 or 3/8 inch thick. Look at this link and others on installing a router Plate.
ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprtlaptop/esuprtlatitudelaptop/latitude-d430user%27s%20guide_en-us.pdf

Have fun and be safe

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nwbusa

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#4 posted 463 days ago

I think you’d be okay letting the bit out that far. I usually seat the bit fully then pull it up an 1/8” or so before tightening the collet. I would think that as long as the bit was in far enough for the entire depth of the collet to be in contact with the bit shank, you’d be okay.

-- John, BC, Canada

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praspekt

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#5 posted 463 days ago

thank you so much for your responses! i really appreciate it.

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#6 posted 463 days ago

In a pinch I pull the router bit up so it’s even with the inside of the collet. This way the collet still gets full grip on the bit and you get a bit extra length. I mainly do it with spirals.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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