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Can I use a 6mm shank in a 1/4 inch collet?

In short: No, no, no. You can technically do this, unluckily, but it is highly inadvisable. It is a pity that it just looks like one could do it (1/2'' is not far off compared to 12mm, and 1/4'' is ...
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What router bit type should I use on screws?

I don't think there are any woodworking router bits that were designed to handle metal screws in the wood being cut. Carbide bits will certainly cut the screws (as carbide is much harder than the ...
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What router to use for a homemade routertable?

I think you may be misunderstanding what a CNC motor is. The CNC motors are stepper motors, and they can be precisely directed to move the X, Y, and Z axes of a CNC machine They need the appropriate ...
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Cutting 2" (50mm) hemispheres into wood

A 2" ball end router bit, and a plunge router with adequate power to run it, and which can run slowly enough to run it safely (large diameter bits must not spin too fast.) Or (these days) a CNC ...
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Tear out when plate making w/ a router

I'm embarrassed to say that I guess I didn't really read enough articles on router bits.. and I was running it way too fast. Needed to slow the router down to around ~18k (speed ~2). So I ran out to ...
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How does a worktop jig work?

Here is a diagram I made to show how the jig works. The top part shows the offsets between edge of bushing and edge of cutting bit as the centerline. The bottom diagram shows how those two sections ...
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Another router profile - which bit to use?

Y’all are going to plotz when I tell you this. Roman ogee. Twice.
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Router bit used for this profile?

I don't know the name of that bit profile but it's possible the cut is done using just a portion of a bit, e.g the highlighted portion here: Source: Rockler tambour bit set. Edit: thanks to the ...
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Why choose a DIY router table over a mananufactured version?

Why choose a DIY router table over a manufactured version? Typically cheaper. Obviously a lot depends on what you make it from (phenolic-laminated HD-MDF versus bare MDF from the local big-box) and ...
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How to go about cutting more "organic" shapes out of wood without machines like a CNC

Lamination FTW If the chair were a different type I'd have suggested solid wood (note: grain must go horizontally), but not for one like this. Laminating up a curved plywood back is the way to go here ...
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How can I trim plywood flush to an edge that is not 90 degrees?

If you have a hand plane plywood edges are easy to plane. Size of plane does not matter, this can be done with block plane if this is only type available. Without hand planes I would trim close with ...
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How do I achieve inset edge beading?

This is not a job for the router, at least not in the way you're thinking. Here are two quick guides to how this is generally done: Two Ways to Make Cock Beading on Fine Woodworking. Q & A: Cock-...
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What can a plunge router do that a fixed router cannot?

First of all, you are not necessarily limited to one or the other. You can get routers that support multiple bases - Plunge, Fixed, and Offset. If cost is an issue, either buy used, or get one that ...
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Can overusing a trim router be bad?

A small router like that is not optimal for use in a planing sled. Small universal motors like that can overheat and be permanently damaged. If you want to use this method for planing, you should at ...
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Flattening the face of a board without using a jointer

Possibly the best method to flatten the face of a board using power tools not specifically designed for that job is with a router mounted in a planing sled/levelling sled. There are abundant versions ...
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Why is hand held routing less prone to kickbacks than routing on a router table?

Kickback can definitely happen with a handheld router. It's important to use the correct feed direction (typically moving the router from left to right) to prevent it. There are two reasons I can ...
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What useful features should I look for in a router?

Plunge base - Does the base have the ability to raise and lower the router with hand pressure? This allows accurate plunge cuts for things like stopped grooves and mortises. Power - Does the router ...
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is it ok to tighten a router bit so the bottom is flush with the bottom of the collet?

A router bit shaft flexes more than you might think, especially one like you show with a big heavy body and relatively large diameter. Because they spin at high speed, that head carries a very large ...
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Large 1/4 inch 45 degree chamfer router bit for cutting mitres

From the youtube videos I've watched it seems that the 45 degree heavy duty chamfer bit 36-950 from Infinity Tools is the go to bit for this sort of job, however it also appears that this only comes ...
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Is a featherboard necessary on a router table? Why not a block of wood?

A block of wood Will act as a guide to help hold the work piece tight to the fence/bit to ensure that your cut is consistent. This is good. Will require precise alignment with the fence. If it is ...
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Routing tight edges/corners

Is there any way ... to get the routed edge in these tighter areas? Not with that router bit. The bearing size determines the minimum clearance at an inside corner. You can have a full roundover if ...
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Bullnose router bit, 1/4" shank, 1/4" radius, bearing guide DOESN'T EXIST?

There is no reason I know of. In fact I have one in my shop. Check out here for one source. Their image does not show the guide bearing. My bit has a screw hole to accept standard bearings and you ...
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Adding a 'juice collection' section on a cutting board

If you don't already have one, get a 'router guide bushing' that suits your router. (You might have to replace the base plate to find a bushing that fits.) The only sizing requirement is that the ...
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Can I use a 6mm shank in a 1/4 inch collet?

You NEED a different collet. Your router could be spinning the bit at 20,000 rpm. Ignoring the possibility of damaging your work piece, the personal risk is extremely high. edit: On @AstPace's good ...
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How to use a router to cut a thick wood board

If you are in a pinch and your router has a plunge base, you certainly could cut all the way through the plywood with a spiral or straight bit, using a straightedge and cutting in 1/8" deep passes. ...
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How to create a 6" hole template with a 1/4" bit and 5/16" template guide?

From the link below... Figuring template offset Offset is the distance from the outside of the guide bushing tube to the cutting edge of the router bit. This dimension determines where the bit cuts ...
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Special switch or out of box failure?

I'm not familiar with that specific router, but the instruction manual (page 9) indicates it has a lock-on/lock-off safety feature: Lock-On/Lock-Off Switch (Fig. 7) The lock-on/lock-off switch ...
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Tear out when plate making w/ a router

I see you have mostly mitigated the issue, but depending on how your jig works, you may want to consider climb cutting as well on the parts of the plate which tear out. If you are unfamiliar with ...
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Large 1/4 inch 45 degree chamfer router bit for cutting mitres

it also appears that this only comes in 1/2 inch shank A 45° cutter that's large enough to cut the full 22mm thickness of your work will have to be at least 44mm in diameter, plus the diameter of the ...
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