I have the answer to your question... there is a lincoln log bit in Rock http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=5713&filter=22597&pn=22597 on this page it doesnt quite look like the right bit.. but in the catalog it shows a picture of lincoln logs, next to this bit... if you use the right size stock (wood) it will work .. like I said.. " in the catalog it shows lincoln logs stacked up using this bit) Page 32...
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Re: lincoln log bit??
I haven't seen a lincoln log in a long time, but I'd say something in the neighborhood of 3/8" round over bit would do it. It's going to depend on the size of stock you round off. Take off 1/2 or a little less than 1/2 the width of your square "blanks", and use that number as the radius of the roundover bit. If you want not a full 1/4 of a circle profile, use a little bit larger bit and don't raise it all the way out of the base to cut.
By the way, I'd recommend you use a router table to run these pieces, or you're not going to have much left to rest on for the final pass. With a router table, you can leave a square bit on each end that you don't route, (and cut off later), that guides the piece against the table and fence.
Much safer IMHO.
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If the collet was tightened without a bit in it, it may have been squeezed so it is too small for the bit shank. Completely unscrew the collet from the router and see if the bit will go into it. If not, you can try forcing an old bit in using your vice, and then using as hammer and punch to remove the bit, but most likely you will have to get a new collet. Just search "Porter Cable router parts to find a source.
The two sizes (in the US) for router bit shanks (and collets) are 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch. Some routers use only a 1/4 inch collet. Routers with a 1/2 inch collet also come with a 1/4 inch collet. You need a 1/2 inch collet to hold a 1/2 inch shank. Good luck.
The fit is just a little more snug than you expect. The collet is springy, and will expand to fit your bits, even if they were oversize (which is very unlikely). Put on a leather glove and just push the shank of the bit into the collet. Do not try to file down the shank of your router bits, you will only make them run eccentric. You don't need to remove the collet. Just loosen the locking nut about a half turn after it is easy to turn.
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Are you asking how to put a router bit with a 1/2 inch shank into a router with a 1/4 inch collet? You need a 1/2 inch collet. Most routers with a 1/2 inch collet can also use a 1/4 inch collet. But smaller routers cannot use a 1/2 inch collet.
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Yes you can. You probably would want to do some test cuts in the wood that you are using. If your worktop is hardwood then each pass will have to be maximum 1/8". It will take many passes depending on the thickness of the worktop. This is assuming that a carbide bit is being used. The smaller the diameter of the bit the less resistance. Also using a 1/4" shank on the bit and the HP of the router determines how fast the router will cut.
The collet is loosely screwed on, correct?
Is it close, or 1/4" off. You may need an adapter for different sized bits.
I have noticed, particularly with Freud bits, that they seem a bit oversized. Try putting the bit in the collet before you insert the collet into the router.
If you're very careful, you can use fine emory cloth (like 400 grit or higher) to polish the bit by cutting a long strip and clamping the bit in a vice, then gently polish the shank a little to allow it to fit into the collet. Pull back and forth on the ends of the sandpaper like you were buffing shoes, but I would only recommend this if you can use a micrometer to check the shank and it is in fact oversize.
You could create a dangerous situation if you polish too much and the bit is not held securely in the collet and flies out when the router is under load.
Another technique is to sand a slight chamfer on the end of the bit to help it slide into the collet.
Or return it and try another brand.
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