Hi everyone - my first post here as I just received a Makita router kit for Christmas. I've been using it slowly as I'm trying to remain safe as I learn. Along those lines:
I just purchased a brass template guide set. It took me a bit of time to figure out how they install in my router, but that's done. What I didn't expect was that, with the guide bushing in place, my router bit does not extend beyond the bottom of the bushing. The lock of the bushing keeps hitting up against the collet.
Now, I've done some searching on this forum and came up with the following post: http://www.routerforums.com/showthread.php?t=489
It seems that the only way around this is to purchase a different set of guide templates or to extend the router bit more out of the collet. For the time being, I'm more interested in the latter option, but am not sure how safe it is.
Are there other options? If not, is it safe to extend the bit more out of the collet just so it extends past the bushing? I don't want to go to 1/4" bits, as I figure that even if the bit is snug in the collet, it is still not being held as firmly as with the 1/2" collet and the bit a little out of it.
As I said, I'm new to this. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!