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I have just order a router off of ebay it is a cheap chicago 1-1/2 hp plunge router with only a 1/4" collet, I purchased it so I could bull nose my stair treads. They are 2"x12" treads so I think I need a 3/4" roundover bit but I can only find it in a 1/2" shanke. can I buy an after market collet or other brand collet to fit my router or can someone provide me with a link to a sight that sells it with a 1/4" shanke. I should have resurched what I needed before purchasing but it was a great deal and I only had about 2 sec. left in the auction so I bought it. I always wanted a router and now I have one even if it will not work for this project. Thanks for any help you can offer.
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also can I use a plunge router on a router table?
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I have just order a router off of ebay it is a cheap chicago 1-1/2 hp plunge router with only a 1/4" collet, I purchased it so I could bull nose my stair treads. They are 2"x12" treads so I think I need a 3/4" roundover bit but I can only find it in a 1/2" shanke. can I buy an after market collet or other brand collet to fit my router or can someone provide me with a link to a sight that sells it with a 1/4" shanke. I should have resurched what I needed before purchasing but it was a great deal and I only had about 2 sec. left in the auction so I bought it. I always wanted a router and now I have one even if it will not work for this project. Thanks for any help you can offer.
Hi Cory - welcome to the forum
Boy, I have one of those bits and it is a pretty good chunk of steel to be balanced on the end of a stick about the size of a pencil. Then spin it at 20,000 rpm + Me thinks that would be a plan General Custer himself could be proud of.
Seriously, you may be able to find a bit like that from some Chinese outfit, not particularly concerned with safety but I doubt you will find anything of meaningful quality. Actually, for stairs, a 1/2" radius should work for you and they are readily available.
As far as a collet goes, I think Chicago refers to Chicago Electric which is a Harbor Freight house brand and I doubt you will be able to find a 1/2" collet for it either.
In reference to your question about table mounting it, yes, many have plunge routers table mounted. Most of the larger, 3+ hp, routers aren't even available in fixed base.
Sorry I couldn't be more positive... Someone else will likely jump in here soon with some other thoughts.
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Thanks John you have been helpful, but I do have a question. I thought that bull nose was a full radius of the edge and a 1/2" rad. will not get a full rad. on a 2" board or maybe I am not thinking about quite right. again I am a newbie and need some experience with my new toy. Thanks again any knowledge will be helpful.
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Hello Cory, and welcome to the RouterForums. Glad to have you join us.




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Thanks John you have been helpful, but I do have a question. I thought that bull nose was a full radius of the edge and a 1/2" rad. will not get a full rad. on a 2" board or maybe I am not thinking about quite right. again I am a newbie and need some experience with my new toy. Thanks again any knowledge will be helpful.
OK - I misunderstood. A 3/4" roundover bit will give you a 1-1/2" bullnose. If you want a full bullnose on a 2" board you will need a 1" radius roundover... even bigger!! A 3/4" roundover would leave about 1/2" flat surface along the center of the stair, 1/2" roundover would leave a 1" flat surface. Neither are a bad thing, just a matter of taste.
You also should consider the diameter of the bit as well as the shank size. My 3/4" roundover is 2" in diameter. This is an extremely large bit and not usually considered a safe bit in the hand held mode. I run mine on the router table. There are some here that have the skill to handle such a bit safely hand held but I am not one of them. Also, some routers haven't got the throat capacity to handle that of large of a bit. The 1/2" roundover will be about 1-1/2" in diameter and, I think, most standard (1-1/2 hp up) should take it with no problem.
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Hi again - I don't know what you have for bits but here is a reasonably comprehensive set that won't break the bank. Will give you a fair selection of capabilities you can experiment with and decide how you want to go.
30 pc 1/4" Shank Router Bit Set - eBay (item 140378372949 end time Feb-26-10 18:55:40 PST)

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John, thanks again your advice it helps greatly. I will try a 1/2" bit to see how it looks (i.e. see if the wife likes it) and go from there. I know they make bits that remove wood but they have not invented the bit that will put it back on yet. Thanks again, Cory.
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I think I have that exact router. Still in the box, going dowstairs to use it once I get done reading messages on here and my email.
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John, thanks again your advice it helps greatly. I will try a 1/2" bit to see how it looks (i.e. see if the wife likes it) and go from there. I know they make bits that remove wood but they have not invented the bit that will put it back on yet. Thanks again, Cory.
Good idea, the BOSS doesn't like it we back to square one.... At least find out before you do it....

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