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Hello all! My name is George and this is my first post to the forum. I am a 65 year old retired accountant from Iowa. I have been a sawdust manufacturer for 40 years, and am finally trying to become a woodworker!
I recently bought a used JessEm router table comlete with the Mast-R-Lift Excel and PC 75182 router motor. I am in the process of gearing up to make some built-in cabinets in my dining room with raised panel doors. As a warm up I am now working on a storage cabinet in my basement that will also have raised panel doors. It doesn't need them, but I need the practice. I am using some tongue-and-groove joinery in the cabinet.
Here's my question: I bought a matched tongue and groove bit set from Sommerfeld's website. I inserted the rubber grommet in the collet as recommended to get consistent draw down of the shafts in the collet. The collet is so deep, I had to drop 3 rubber grommets into the collet opening before the shaft of the groove bit would contact them. The shaft of the tongue bit is shorter, so it hits the top of the collet nut before the shaft even touches the rubber grommets. As a result, the groove bit is sitting up too high in relation to the 1" X 4" I am trying to rout the tongue on. I could add a couple of more rubber grommets, but I don't want to do something that might damage the router or be unsafe somehow. Sommerfeld uses a 3 1/4 hp Triton router in their how-to videos, and they only use one rubber grommet. Does anyone know if the collet in the PC 7518 is just that much deeper than the collet in the Triton? I don't want to do something stupid.
Sorry to be so wordy, but I wanted to state my problem clearly. Thanks for your help!