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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-23-2017, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Default Beginner to routing: Reaching desired depth

I am brand new to routing and have what is likely a simple question for the experienced but has been stumping me.

I have a 1.5" board serving as the top of a sofa table. I accidentally cut the top board a couple mm wider than the frame of the table and figured that rather than disassembly and recutting, this would be the perfect excuse to try out my new router.

My understanding is that I need to make a few passes until the bearing finally lands on the frame below the top piece and then use that to make a perfect flush. However, I simply do not seem to be able to get the bearing past the 1.5" mark. I'm using a Ridgid 5.5 Amp Corded Compact Router with a 1/4" router shank flush trim bit (the one that came with it). I just measured the max depth of the bit as it currently sits and it is just barely over an inch. I am inserting the shank all the way into the collet and pulling out just a bit as I've seen in the instructional videos. Is this just a matter of me pulling the shank farther out to reach the depth? Just worry of the danger that could be caused when it allowed out further from the grip of the collet.

I do plan to return the router in favor of a two handle one as I think this is a better bet for someone with zero experience, but I'm guessing that in and of itself won't solve the problem of reaching my desired depth. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Hello and welcome to the router forum.
You need to buy a longer flush trim bit the trouble you have a 1/4" shank router, I do not believe you can buy a bit much longer unless you have a 1/2" shank capable router,
I would use a double bearing router bit but same problem do not Believe if you get them In 1/4" shanks
You said you where going take the router back why not get a router that except 1/2"and 1/4" collets
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Welcome to the forum...great question.

The Ridgid compact and available 1/4 inch shaft bits will not likely reach 1 1/2 inches deep. And you are right to be concerned about not having enough shaft in the collett. Some will advise installing it to at least 80% of the shaft length. Ideally, place the bit into the collett until it bottoms and then lift it out slightly so the collett can be effective. You will need something in a 1/2" shank. You will likely also need something of an edge guide to cut a little off at a time until the bearing hits whatever you are using as an edge guide. The bearing alone will not yield a straight cut unless it rests on something that is straight (edge guide, template, another board, etc...)

There's nothing wrong with keeping that router as you will find many uses for it in the future but you should get yourself a good 2+ HP router.

Many folks on the site will recommend the Bosch 1617 plunge and fixed base kit (1617 EVSPK)...I have both the Ridgid and the 1617 and like them both....no problems with either.

The Ridgid will have a lifetime service warranty and the customer service at Bosch is second to none...
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Thank you both very much for your responses. I am glad to see I wasn't missing something as obvious as making sure the plug was in the wall. Semipro, actually this one does apparently accept both 1/4" and 1/2" collets. It just came with the 1/4" bit so I started with that. I was under the impression 1/4" and 1/2" bits had the same length with the difference only between in the width of the bit itself, but this makes more sense now.

Nick, I think I will end up with this router in the future; however, funds are limited so I figured if I am going to have only one for now it would be a better idea to get one that offers a bit more flexibility and has the capability of being mounted. In essence I want to get all of the basics down and then in the near future add onto my set with a compact trim router. I am planning on going with the multiple base Bosch 1617 at the moment, but I will look into the Ridgid as well. Thank you for the advice on the straight edge, I did find my attempts were uneven so I will have to grab that for practice before taking it to the main piece.

Thank you both again, this site is great and has a lot more traffic than I was expecting so I look forward to learning from the community and one day getting to the point of being able to offer my own advice.
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Took the advice in your sig and doing that right now. Thanks!
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@djlank9 - Welcome to the forum - you'll enjoy it here. I think getting a larger router is the right decision, but my question: is the bearing on your current bit at the shank end or the tip?
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Vince, the bearing is on the tip. To make sure I'm understanding your question perfectly, it is on the opposite end of the bit from the shank.
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Thanks Ross, and good to see people follow the sig in John's posts since I am not used to being able to see people's names in community forums. Nice to be here, you guys are great!
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