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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-01-2010, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone any experience using a Shop Smith Mark V with a router collette?

I find myself continually searching for alternative means and methods to do my woodworking. Recently I needed to mortise a 3/8 x 1 1/2 slot at a 45 deg angle into a board 8" in from the end. A mortising machine is on my wish list beind the floor model bandsaw and Omni jig. So I am contemplating using a spiral bit on my Shop Smith and using the table from tablesaw on 45 deg with a jig attached to it. Thought I would run this past y'all before I buy the collette.
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Hello Bill. Welcome to the RouterForums. Thanks for joining.

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Why would you want to use the collet? Just use the chuck. Shop smith use to sell an accessory for routing (I don't know if they still do) I have it, it's basically just a guard. You just chuck the bit and crank up the speed. I only used it a few times and found it awkward. If it was me I would just drill out the mortise with a forstner bit and clean it out with a chisel.
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Hi Bill,
The Shopsmith, without the speed increaser, would not give you the rpm for a decent router cut. Using a spiral bit would essentially be the same as using a drill bit because the side to side cut would really be rough unless you made several shallow cuts.
As Wayne said, you're better off with a Forstner and a chisel.

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Hi there Bill, welcome to the forum

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Bill, I'm with Gene and Wayne. The Shopsmith is too slow for routing unless you have the speed increaser.

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