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I have a 1/4" Black and Decker plunge router that I have mounted to a busy bee router table; what I am wondering is, can you buy a collet extender to go from 1/4" to 1/4". The reason that I ask is, to mount the router to the table, it requires the routers base to be installed and then the router tables' base. So I'm loosing a lot of height for my bits. I know that with a 1/2" router there are adapters that will increase the height, but is there one for a 1/4" router?
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Shaun, plan on joining us for our International Sawdust Saturday on May 26 at the Sterling Heights MI Woodcraft store. While you are over you can grab one of the 2-1/2 hp Craftsman combo kits for $100 or less. That will let you use the 1/2" collet extenders. MLCS is selling a two piece set that accepts both 1/4 and 1/2" bits for $49 with no shipping or tax. You are welcome to ship to me and pick them up at the event so you do not have to pay brokers fees.

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That sounds like an great deal; unfortunatly, I live in Canada. Would a 1/2" router be the only way to get the extension??
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That sounds like an great deal; unfortunatly, I live in Canada. Would a 1/2" router be the only way to get the extension??
I do too, but I had the privilege of going into their store in Philadelphia. However, you can mail-order from them. Look here: Router accessories

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oh, thank you all for the help.
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Hi

Just pickup one of the MLCS ones and pop it in a lathe and turn it down, that's what I did easy stuff..

#9473 For 1/4" shank bits 7/8" $29.95
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Hi Mike

I was going to use a Old 1/4" dead router and just cut off the arbor shaft but I'm a bit lazy..


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No one ever really answered ontshaun's original question. Both he and I need a 1/4 by 1/4 extension. I find 1/2 x 1/2 extensions, 1/2 x 1/4 reducers, 1/2 x 1/8 reducers, even 1/4 to 1/2 expanders (which sound dangerous), etc., etc. but not just a simple 1/4 x 1/4 extender except for the CNC one from Amana which apparently isn't tool-hardened and many broke on first use. Answers here ranged from replacing the router itself to turning down a 1/2 inch shank on a lathe. Really not acceptable alternatives. Surely someone makes one.
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