So yesterday I managed to straight up cold-bloodedly murder both a bit and a collet while using the ShopBot.
The bit was 1/4” and I had literally just bought it. I had just pulled it out of the package, placed it in the collet, and attached it, when I…apparently spaced out and neglected to perform that obscure technique called “turning the router on” before starting to cut. Death by blunt force trauma. So I’ll be getting another one of those.
The collet killing method was strangulation-- I cut my sunset, which is epoxy resin, and the resulting composite of slightly-melted resin and sawdust created a material of such solidity that concrete would envy it. I showed it to @Christian and said I’d clean out the mess later, but when I tried…there was no progress made whatsoever.
It was a 1/16" collet, which makes things tricky. I’ve searched quite a bit, and haven’t managed to locate a 1/16" collet for routers, in-store or on the internet. Am I searching for the wrong thing? Did I manage to fill the very last one in existence with self-hardening goo? @doug.wilson, can you please help?
I took the laser cutter/engraver class yesterday and if I’m going to make more lightboxes, I think that would be the best way to go in terms of making the small scenery parts. Regardless, maybe it would be best to take a break from the ShopBot for a while…