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Posted on Centering router's bit when router is in a lift?

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#1 posted 01-10-2021 02:15 AM

Last week has fully passed and I haven’t yet heard back from SawStop. Oh well.

I purchased a set of phenolic inserts from Lee Valley. They work with the SawStop router table. I used a 1/2 inch drill bit (which is 0.495 inch by my calipers) in my router’s collet and used the 1/2 inch phenolic insert (hole diameter was about 0.510 inch and not perfectly circular) as a guide, with the goal of my drill bit turning by hand without scraping the guide.

It took about 1.25 hours. Through both the careful application of painters tape to the body of my router, and rotating my router in the lift’s clamp, I was finally able to find the sweet spot where the bit turned freely in the insert. And, I could look down on the bit from above and see a small consistent gap between the bit and the hole. Based on the above I am probably with 0.005 inch of center.

I plan on leaving this router in place on the lift and see how it goes. Hopefully I won’t have to revisit it for a good while. Thanks for your tips.


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