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Have a router table for my plunge router but can't find bits long enough except for straight ones. Any suggestions?:
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Mike, Welcome to the forum. We are glad you have joined us and hope to be able to help you. I rarely use complex bits to make profiles necessary for some types of builds, but certainly some of the members here have experienced your exact situation. There are safe workarounds for most problems, but none of us know everything; but as a group we can cover most any router-related topic. Thanks again for joining! I live in the U.S. (in Georgia) - so I am not aware of availability of router accessories in Ireland - but we have quite a few members who are from Ireland. There are quite likely numerous outlets online. Thanks again for your membership!

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Hi Mike. Welcome to the forum.

All routers should have the collet come to level with the plate? How thick is your table

Which router are you using?

Also always run the work piece past the cutter face side down so the full profile is available to the wood.

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Have a router table for my plunge router but can't find bits long enough except for straight ones. Any suggestions?:
Hi Mike and welcome!

A lot of people have the same problem - the simplest solution I can suggest is that you go for a collet extender in the router which in turn will hold the cutter. The Axcaliber one I've linked to is made to a high standard and has the advantage of taking standard engineering ER20 collets which are interchangeable and widely available through engineers merchants as well as on line. Axminster do mail order to almost anywhere as well

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MLCS has an extender that works well, they also have an offset wrench to help with bit changing. Best part is that ship for free.
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hi guys, my opinion about collet extenders is that you could have some issues about excessive run out, for this you should take shallow passes, a little more shallow than usual, for avoid flexing the bit..just my two cents
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Mike, I have another thought that you may want to give careful consideration to: When using "salvaged wood" it is a good idea to use a metal detector made for this purpose to prevent damaged tooling. Often wood may contain embedded fasteners which have become oxidized to a point of not being visible on the exterior surfaces. Depending on your milling procedures, the effect can be anywhere from a spark to a bullet. Please be very safe! Also, occasionally; freshly purchased lumber can contain embedded items which are harmful, as well.

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Thanks OPG3. I visit the US almost every year so if I can't find anything here I will have a lookout when next over there.

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Thanks to everyone who responded. I will certainly try out all your suggestions.

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