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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-24-2020, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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I have an old router mounted to my table. Iíve created a jig from a video on youtube to cut box joints but I canít seem to raise my router bit high enough. The bit has to raise up past 3/4Ē MDF but it barely clears it. My router has a dial that turns to raise the bit and itís at its max. Not sure if maybe a longer bit would work. Anyway, any help would be appreciated thanks.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-24-2020, 06:09 PM
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welcome to forums N/A..

what motor/router are you using...
how much more do you need to raise the router bit??
are you using a lift???
how deep is the bit set into the collet???...
what bit are you using specifically???......
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Hi Red and welcome. Like Stick said, we need more info. By the way, yoou can post pictures if necessary as long as they are stored in your hard drive. Just use the advanced post option and look for the Manage Attachments button below the text box. We can help if you need it.

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Welcome aboard. Seems you've found a place for answers but as noted more info is needed and maybe a picture or two to show the problem. Just drag it to the area below where it says "Drag Files Here to Attach".
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You sound like you've got a static top and are using the plunge base to make your height adjustments. If so, life will be tough with that kind of hardware. If so, look at a lift like the Rout-R-Lift from Jessem (https://jessem.com/products/rout-r-lift-ii-model). I went through the Bosch adjustable plunge base trip and suffered majorly. The Jessem's are model specific and take all the work out of adjusting bits on a table. Hope others responses are helpful.

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Many would use a spiral up-cut bit. They come in various lengths. Here's an example.
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Before you go for a lift, consider getting a Triton TRA001 router. It basically has a built in lift, is very powerful, pretty much exactly what you're looking for. Save the other router for hand held use. The triton goes for about $270, which is not too far from a mid level lift alone. And not all lifts fit all routers, so you will need to check for your router brand. I added this option in case you decide on a lift.

There may be a much simpler way to gain that extra little bit of height, with some more information, we'll probably have more suggestions, and a picture or two would really help. Are you using a plunge base for this, or fixed?

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Before you go for a lift, consider getting a Triton TRA001 router. It basically has a built in lift, is very powerful, pretty much exactly what you're looking for. Save the other router for hand held use. The triton goes for about $270, which is not too far from a mid level lift alone. And not all lifts fit all routers, so you will need to check for your router brand. I added this option in case you decide on a lift.

There may be a much simpler way to gain that extra little bit of height, with some more information, we'll probably have more suggestions, and a picture or two would really help. Are you using a plunge base for this, or fixed?
To use the Triton's plunge base as a lift, you'll need to buy their router table top - about $215-230. Looks like nice gear...

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To use the Triton's plunge base as a lift, you'll need to buy their router table top - about $215-230. Looks like nice gear...
Personally if that's the case then I'd go with a lift for several reasons. #1 a lift gives you multiple router motors to choose from as it's based primarily on the diameter of the motor. I have 2 Jess Em lifts and one is for the smaller sized motors (Rout-R-Lift II) and has maybe 6-8 motors that can be used with it depending on model. My second lift is adjustable to just about all motors, the Mast-R-Lift II. According to Jess EM this is what they state on their website:

"The Mast-R-Lift II fits every fixed base router that we could find on the market with its unique adjustable clamping block system."

Costs more but has the greatest possibilities and I'm not tied to any one brand router. And let's face realities, with things as they are there's no telling who may still be in business this time next year. So I guess it really depends on your budget and way of thinking. This lift offers the greatest of possibilities. I'm not sure there are other lifts offering this flexibility but I would think so, I just haven't looked.
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Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you may need a longer bit to use the set up that you are currently using.
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