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I bought a raised panel bit set without noticing the shank diameter. I bought in the USA but live 2000 miles away in Mexico. Any help would be greatly appriciated.

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Welcome to the forum, Bill.

Not much can be done there.

It would be much safer to buy a 2 1/2hp router with 1/2" collet than try and use a 1/2" shank cutter in a 1/4" router.

I think you will also find that an older 1/4" shank router may not have the power for a raised panel cutter?

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Hi Bill and welcome to the forum. Any bit about 1 1/2" or over in diameter is likely to be 1/2" shank. Anything that large would apply too much torque on a 1/4" shank. I have seen a few vertical raised panel bits in 1/4" shank but I wouldn't recommend them. You would need to make a bunch of light cuts to get to the finished profile. If you want to make raised panel doors I would do what James suggested.

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Hi Bill

No big deal just take them back and pickup some 1/4" shank bits to do the job.

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I bought a raised panel bit set without noticing the shank diameter. I bought in the USA but live 2000 miles away in Mexico. Any help would be greatly appriciated.


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Hello and welcome to the forum. Bill

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You didn't mention which router you have. My Bosch (assembled in Mexico) 1617 has both quarter and half inch collets that are interchangable. Check on the web for a half inch collet for your brand of router. If you can't get a half inch for your router, I'd follow the advice of getting a router that has one. I agree that a quarter inch shank is probably too small for a large bit, and if your router is underpowered, you will have to make many light passes at very slow feed rate or risk. By getting a stronger new or used router with half inch collet you'll have a safer, more successful experience. By the way, welcome to the forum, many very nice and helpful people here with LOTS of experience.
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Welcome to the forum Bill.
I would also suggest that you just get a router with a 1/2 in. collet and be safe. A big router bit to do raised panels will need at least a 2 & 1/2 hp motor to do the job. You never have too many routers and more power the better. You will want a "Soft Start" motor as well, so don't go cheap.
You can also easily make raised panels on a table saw. You might need to make a few adjustments as you go, but the job IS safely done without "effort overload"
There are lots of instructional clips on "youtube" about making raised panels on your table saw.
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