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Howdy all, new to the forum. I am a relatively new woodworker but have a couple of routers now. I have been on medical leave from my job since December due to an injury and am due to return in the next few weeks. I just got the Kreg router table with a Jessem Rout R Lift II lift and a PC892. I also run a Bosch 1617 in the Bosch table set up just for 1/4 bits.on this site and was happy to see the responses. Take care, Chris
 

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welcome N/A...
 

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glad you chose to join the fun. Woodworking is a killer hobby. And we're very happy to be helpful.
 

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Welcome to the forums Chris - as a new woodworker, you'll find a lot of friendly folks here that are more than happy to help you get your feet wet. Wondering why you only choose to use 1/4" bits in the Bosch 1617. It's a great router (I've got the EVSPK version - came with both fixed and plunge bases). Mine is set up in a home made table and if I have a choice between 1/2" and 1/4" bits, I'll use the 1/2" every time.
 

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Welcome to the forum Chris.
 

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Hello and welcome to the router forum, Chris
 

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Welcome to the forums Chris - as a new woodworker, you'll find a lot of friendly folks here that are more than happy to help you get your feet wet. Wondering why you only choose to use 1/4" bits in the Bosch 1617. It's a great router (I've got the EVSPK version - came with both fixed and plunge bases). Mine is set up in a home made table and if I have a choice between 1/2" and 1/4" bits, I'll use the 1/2" every time.
Well...it ends up we sold our home last year after we got ,arrived and moved into a new house in Farmington NH and my tools were in storage for several months. I had the Bosch router table and the 1617 mounted but I lost my 1/2 collet. I also decided I wanted to get serious in woodworking so I bought the Kreg table and lift and decided to get another router so I could have one dedicated to each size. I have had the 1617 for about three years and love it so performance wasn’t an issue. Then.... I scored the OF2200 on recon so that thing will literally cut through anything. So now I will have a dedicated machine for doing fine things (mostly picture frames, cutting boards etc.) with 1/4 shank bits and dados and heavier things with the 1/2” bits. My tool account got heavy and I had some extra money to spend over the winter and that’s how I got the 2200. Which I still haven’t used. Clearly I have a “Problem”.

I am able to retire to a second career at the end of July, not sure I will but I’ll be 48 and I thought about hooking up with a local contractor to do cabinetry if I decide to pull the plug so I am buying some decent quality tools now so I don’t have to create a financial strain if I go that route. And naturally I really want to start doing some routing/
 

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My tool account got heavy and I had some extra money to spend over the winter and that’s how I got the 2200. Which I still haven’t used. Clearly I have a “Problem”

I wouldn't say so - if that's a problem, then almost every member on this forum has the same problem :sold:

You'll find that a lot of folks here have routers set up for specific functions, so I get what you're saying. Nothing worse than having to stop in the middle of a project to make a change.

I retired a few years ago from a second career (after working a total of 42 years) and spend some time helping a cabinet maker. It's very enjoyable.

Good luck with your knew path if you choose to go that route.
 

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Hi Chris and welcome. i don't know if the question was answered elsewhere as I've been off the forums quite a bit in the last few days but if you need a 1/2" collet for the Bosch then I recommend getting a Musclechuck for it which you can use a bushing with to neck down to 1/4. It is definitely the preferred chuck to have on your table router.
 

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My tool account got heavy and I had some extra money to spend over the winter and that’s how I got the 2200. Which I still haven’t used. Clearly I have a “Problem”

I wouldn't say so - if that's a problem, then almost every member on this forum has the same problem :sold:

You'll find that a lot of folks here have routers set up for specific functions, so I get what you're saying. Nothing worse than having to stop in the middle of a project to make a change.

I retired a few years ago from a second career (after working a total of 42 years) and spend some time helping a cabinet maker. It's very enjoyable.

Good luck with your knew path if you choose to go that route.
Awesome! I’m glad I can justify my purchases here! My Wife is really cool about it so I figure I’ll jump while we are still new 😉. I wanted to get the CMS system but man oh man that’s some serious cash. I did purchase the Jessem Rout R Lift II for the Kreg setup I purchased, I got a smoking deal at my local Woodcraft and in NH we don’t pay sales tax. This particular Jessem will fit the 892 and the 1617. The table I got with my Bosch is really decent and when I went through a spurt of making cutting boards it was phenomenal for making round overs but I’d like to really get into routing and hopefully the table and fence I got will help immensely. I definitely will start a second career, we have our first born beautiful Son and he just turned 16 months so I figure sitting on my hiney full time won’t fly......🤔
 

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Hi Chris and welcome. i don't know if the question was answered elsewhere as I've been off the forums quite a bit in the last few days but if you need a 1/2" collet for the Bosch then I recommend getting a Musclechuck for it which you can use a bushing with to neck down to 1/4. It is definitely the preferred chuck to have on your table router.
Thank you so much, I have never heard of this before. I’ll do a google search and look this up!
 

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Hi Chris and welcome. i don't know if the question was answered elsewhere as I've been off the forums quite a bit in the last few days but if you need a 1/2" collet for the Bosch then I recommend getting a Musclechuck for it which you can use a bushing with to neck down to 1/4. It is definitely the preferred chuck to have on your table router.
I just went on the site and confused myself 👍
 

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I just went on the site and confused myself 👍
Here’s the one I’ll be putting on my Hitachi M12V2 when I get back from my vacation.
 

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Welcome Chris...There is a wealth of information here if you want to search for it, also their plenty of router people here that instantly liked you because you have a Bosch router. Nice pick on the Jessem lift. I have one also and I like mine a lot. Add your first name to your profile so people will know what to call you.....Chuck
 

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Awesome! I’m glad I can justify my purchases here! My Wife is really cool about it so I figure I’ll jump while we are still new 😉. ..... The table I got with my Bosch is really decent and when I went through a spurt of making cutting boards it was phenomenal for making round overs but I’d like to really get into routing and hopefully the table and fence I got will help immensely. I definitely will start a second career, we have our first born beautiful Son and he just turned 16 months so I figure sitting on my hiney full time won’t fly......🤔
Having Ground Control/Finance Department on your side is a big step - wonderful. Now the members here can help you spend your money - they enjoy doing that!!!!:grin:

Until you have 10 posts, you can't post links to photo-hosting sites, but you can certainly post pictures that are on your computer/device - we like looking at pictures, so don't be shy about your work. BTW, you'll be up to 10 posts soon enough - respond to other posts, welcome newcomers and you'll be there in no time. And has been said, the people that have read your post know your first name, but your profile still shows "N/A" so feel free to update your profile as others might still refer to you as N/A and that just seems so impersonal.
 
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