Around the Shop with 360WoodWorking – Episode 6

Spend some time “Around the Shop” with Chuck Bender and Glen Huey of 360 WoodWorking. Each Saturday the guys discuss shop tips and techniques as well as answer questions from 360 WoodWorking members, podcast listeners, viewers and fans. Don’t miss an episode – subscribe to our YouTube channel today!

This week the guys talk about aniline dye – how they mix ’em, how they apply ’em and much more.

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3 thoughts on “Around the Shop with 360WoodWorking – Episode 6

  1. I really enjoy your weekly talks. This was a good idea. Thanks guys. –Tom

  2. In the Q&A, Chuck said to “put [the router bit] in there until it bottoms out and bring it back up an eighth of an inch — not an inch and a half.” I have always heard this advice but never been able to follow it. Just to check, I put a half-inch straight bit (Whiteside 1067) into a router (PC 890). When it bottomed out, about half the cutting length of the bit was buried in the router. I had to pull it out a full inch before the machined part of the bit was clear of the collet nut. This has been my experience with every bit and every router I have used. Have I misunderstood something?

    1. Martin,

      It sounds like you’re using some short bits. Most of the bits I own bottom out inside the collet before the cutting edge is below the collet nut. In your instance, I’d bring the cutting edges up until they clear the collet nut. The shank of the bit needs to inserted a little over half of the height of the collet (at least) or you stand a chance of the bit working its way out as you use the router.

      Split collets work on wedging the collet deeper into the taper that’s milled into the router. This causes the collet to tighten, or constrict, around the shank of the bit. If you insert the bit with too little of the shank inserted into the collet, it won’t securely grip the shank. If the bits you’re using need to be extended out of the collet far enough to work that they fill less than half the height of the collet, it’s time to buy new, longer bits. Hopefully, that all makes sense.

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