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Hello! I'm a new member. Just bought my first router, the Bosch. Is it okay to use standard drill bits in it like a drill press? Thanks for the assistance!
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Hello Patti, welcome to Router Forums, glad to see you are eager to learn, I'm positive the members of the community would be more than willing to answer any questions you have
(No you can not use your router for a drill press)
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welcome aboard...enjoy the site

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Hi Patti, welcome to the forum.

I would say NO......

Router collets take on one size shank, you can have a 1/4" 0r 1/2" collet.....

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Welcome to the forum Patti.

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Enjoy the knowledge of others that can be found within.

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No, you do not use drill bits in an expensive router, you use them in a cheap router so there is more money left for your funeral &/or hospital expenses.

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Hi, Patti.

Ladies are welcome to the forum.
No too much info at your public profile. Tell us about your previous projects.

We, woodworkers are everywhere!!!
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Welcome to the forum Patti. Glad to see your interest in woodworking. You may find a lot of good information on you tube to introduce you to the router. I've certainly found the combo of you tube, experimentation, and the help from people in this group has really helped me to grow.

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Hi Patty, welcome to the forum

In a word? no I concur with James. If you want a drill press, get a cheapie, like I did. Either that, or get one of those attachments they sell that you can attach to your drill. I love my drill press.


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Drill bits are only meant to be used at speeds up to 3000 rpm depending on the diameter. A router spins at 22,000 to 30,000 rpm. Definitely not recommended.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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