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I have a Rockler dovetail jig and it came with 12mm (shank) router bits and a collet adapter. The collet adapter will fall all the way into the shaft of the router if it is upside down and I find it difficult to set the bit length with good accuracy because of this. Any suggestions on making this easier or know where I can get a 12mm collet and new nut? I've searched the web and the forums but haven't found much. I have a Freud 1702 router.

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Install a 1/2" rubber grommet and set the collet on it.
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The grommet would slide into the shaft of the router motor i assume? That looks like the grommets I used to use while repairing HUDs on F-15's.
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I keep one in most of my routers, keeps you from letting your cutter hit bottom
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The fact that you purchased the jig in America suggests to me that that it's 12.7mm (1/2" and that somehow you are mixing 12mm with 1/2" items. The correct distance to insert a bit into the collet is 1", any more and you lose depth of cut without any extra grip.

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The fact that you purchased the jig in America suggests to me that that it's 12.7mm (1/2" and that somehow you are mixing 12mm with 1/2" items. The correct distance to insert a bit into the collet is 1", any more and you lose depth of cut without any extra grip.
That got me thinking and I have NO idea why I typed 12mm. The bit shank is 8mm. Slightly larger than the 1/4" collet and much smaller than the 1/2. I even double checked on the rockler website for the jig details.
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I'm amazed that in America you would be supplied with an 8mm bit, even here in Australia, a metric country we don't, only 1/4" and 1/2". Some countries like England use the 8mm. In the same situation that you are in I would forget the 8mm bit and buy a 1/4" one which will lock perfectly into the collet.

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I might just have to do that. I was trying to get use out of the whole kit because I don't have another bushing to fit the smaller bit. I find it difficult to find quality tools here in Las Vegas if Lowes or Home Depot doesn't have them.
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Thanks Semipro. It's amazing that all of my searches never revealed them in the past. They are right down the road from my gun shop too! I was even able to find an interwebs link for em. Thanks again.
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