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Posted on Router bits + O-rings + bottoming out question

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#1 posted 01-30-2019 04:41 PM

Fred… yea. I’ll start adding o-rings to my router bits on the shaft right below cutter head to keep the collet far enough away from the flange (where shaft meets cutter head) and to give that little gap to tighten collet with both hands.
Putting o-ring/washer in collet to keep matched router bits at same height for changes … seems unsafe to me since the cutter head would not be 1/8” from collet but instead could be 1” or even more above the collet. At least, I believe the whole point of pulling a router bit up 1/16”-1/8” up from collet is to keep cutter head close as possible to collet.
I do like the idea of putting wooden dowels down the spindle shaft to keep matched set router bits even height. Would have to be 1”-2” type of dowels depending on the bit shank length.
For now, I bought the Wixey and iGauge initially for table saw blade height (don’t much care for the plastic housing on the Wixey) but can be used for router bit height as well that I’ll give a shot.

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