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I received my Bosch 1617 router, and my table top from OP. I made the base, but still have to build the cabinet. I chucked up a 1/4" straight bit to try some box joints with the OP box joint jig. I was using some 3/8" scrap wood and the only way I could get the bit high enough was was actually raise the bit in the collet....so my question is, how far should the top of the shank stick out from the collet....thanks for your responses.....
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Not sure if this is the answer you are looking for but, I place 2 O rings, in the bottom of the collet and set the bit to them. You want as much of the shank in the collet as you can, without bottoming out the shank or seating the cutting portion of the bit to the collet. You might want to check your set up. I would think that it should be no problem to get the full cutting length of a strait bit above the table. I know I can with my Hitachi and PCs.
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Hi Carl

Here's a easy way,, pull the collet nut off the router, then put the router bit in the collet,,it should fit flush with the bottom of the collet...now put in back on the router it should be just right,,,you can buy longer bits, not all router bits are made the same way..

This is a trick from Bob R. of the RWS,,you will see him do it all the time on the show.


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I received my Bosch 1617 router, and my table top from OP. I made the base, but still have to build the cabinet. I chucked up a 1/4" straight bit to try some box joints with the OP box joint jig. I was using some 3/8" scrap wood and the only way I could get the bit high enough was was actually raise the bit in the collet....so my question is, how far should the top of the shank stick out from the collet....thanks for your responses.....



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Some router bits have a maximum extension line marked on the shaft to indicate how far out the bit can be.
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Did not know that, I shall do that today to see how I have been doing at setting the bits. Thanks BJ



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Here's a easy way,, pull the collet nut off the router, then put the router bit in the collet,,it should fit flush with the bottom of the collet...now put in back on the router it should be just right,,,you can buy longer bits, not all router bits are made the same way..

This is a trick from Bob R. of the RWS,,you will see him do it all the time on the show.


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Thanks for the responses.....will give it another try, today.....
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Here's a easy way,, pull the collet nut off the router, then put the router bit in the collet,,it should fit flush with the bottom of the collet...now put in back on the router it should be just right,,,you can buy longer bits, not all router bits are made the same way..

This is a trick from Bob R. of the RWS,,you will see him do it all the time on the show.


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Read this last nite so thought I would try that today. The collets on both my Freud and Hitachi are to loose to let me get the thing back in the router. I did look to see how far out it is when the bottom of the shank is even with the bottom of the collett. The thing is out nearly an inch!!
I think I will keep doing it the way I have been. I do feel a lot safer now when I do have to pull the bit up some though.

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I do it the way below 95% of the time

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Read this last nite so thought I would try that today. The collets on both my Freud and Hitachi are to loose to let me get the thing back in the router. I did look to see how far out it is when the bottom of the shank is even with the bottom of the collett. The thing is out nearly an inch!!
I think I will keep doing it the way I have been. I do feel a lot safer now when I do have to pull the bit up some though.


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Hi Bob. This is what I was looking at with the bottom of the bit even with the bottom of the collett.
Haven't needed all that much depth of cut anyway so I decided not to try it. That is a pretty good size bit also. I suspect a 1/4" shank bit wont stand up so far.
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Hi John

Many of the router bits are made as Match Set,that's when the rubber grommet comes in to play, you don't need to move the router up or down when you switch out the bits in the sets,, the same thing is true with router bits if you have a lift kit on your router, most have a dial on them that can be used to get it right back to the same place when you change the bits out..but it real had to do that if you don't put the rubber grommet in place or use the collet nut as a gage by putting the router bit all the way down to the bottom of the nut..


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Hi Bob. This is what I was looking at with the bottom of the bit even with the bottom of the collett.
Haven't needed all that much depth of cut anyway so I decided not to try it. That is a pretty good size bit also. I suspect a 1/4" shank bit wont stand up so far.



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