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I wish you people read before answering, let me quote myself. "I have a router table but I don't have bits with a bearing, can I do fenceless routing with regular bits?"
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I think Fernando could mean. Use the smooth upper part of the bit against the template ??? Oldrusty
I'm confused - the smooth upper part of the bit is the bearing, but Fernando said he doesn't have bits with bearings????
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Vince. The upper part of the bit is the smooth shank where th cutter blades end. The part that goes into the collet. Al bits do not have bearings. Al
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It is a bad idea to use the bit shank as a guide. This generates a tremendous amount of heat which kills HSS bits almost instantly and can weaken the braze that holds the carbide on that type of bit. The material that was riding on it would most likely burn before that happened. The bearing I showed earlier fits on the shank and spins freely without generating the heat.

The Whiteside bit I used when I made the work station inserts for my router table has a bearing on both ends so it can be used above or below. In the first two photos you can see the safety starting pin. This is the way to get a finish cut like you see in the third photo. Note this is 50+ year old used plywood!
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Vince. The upper part of the bit is the smooth shank where th cutter blades end. The part that goes into the collet. Al bits do not have bearings. Al
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Yup, I even have some
Wasn't sure because it wouldn't occur to me to use the shank as a guide.
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Vince, it wouldn't occur to most people. I'm with Mike, well said. Al
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*Shock*...even without the heat issue that'd be a massively deep cut, using the shank as a guide. Scares the cr*p out of me even thinking about running a piece of wood into that, freehand!
Fernandito; glad you asked before you tried it... we hate it, absolutely hate it, when members lose theirs.
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