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Bosch router with porter cable dovetail bit

by PaulHWood
posted 09-15-2016 02:56 PM

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#1 posted 09-15-2016 04:55 PM

I have a 1/4” collet on my Bosch router that I have to tap the bits in and out of. I thought it would eventually break in, but it has been years. I’m too cheap to spring for a new collet, so I reach for the hammer and drift pin every time I need to change bits when using this collet. Doesn’t really solve your problem, but at least you know you are not alone. Is that the only bit that has a problem? Try to narrow down whether it is the bit or the collet. The solution would be replacement of the offending item.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 09-15-2016 05:12 PM

You might try a good rubdown of the router bit shaft with steel wool. That worked on some router bits I was having trouble with. That and a light coat of oil might help.

I was just using those same bits in the same router for the same purpose. It all worked great, but MAN what a cloud of sawdust I generated.

I doubt I’ll ever again use the full PC 4212 Dovetail jig as designed. I got a copy of the supplemental manual showing how to use the template for through dovetails on unlimited width boards. Once I got that set up and understood how to use it, the dovetails came out great. It’s a heck of a lot simpler than using the 4212 as designed. That said, if the PC4212 offered some type of dust control, I’d probably use the jig again.

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#3 posted 09-16-2016 01:28 PM

No problems with the 1/4” collet and bits, but I have two of the bosch routers so I tried both 1/2” collets I have and same thing. Will try steel wool.

kirk, I think you could fashion a dust collector for the 4212, and I am thinking of it as I just did 24 draws for this project and it does through some wood around.

And yes bondo, misery loves company

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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