Router bit vise holds tight
I find that setting up my T&G or rabbett router bit can be frustrating simply because the nut holding all the parts together has to be very tight to keep the cutters from rotating on the shaft and tightening or loosening that bit can be darned hard to do when all you have to hold the bit is a slippery wood vise or the router collet. Relying on the collet lock for aggressive work can damage the lock and using more aggressive solutions, like clamping the shank with locking pliers, runs the risk of chewing up the shank and that’s not acceptable.
Valfor tools has a great holding solution. Their new Bit Vise is a solid billet of stainless steel that has been machined to accept 1/2in. and 12mm shank router bits. A substantial allen-head screw allows enough clamping power that the most stubborn nut can be broken loose. Plus the vise offers a convenient, stable holder for setting up the bit.
Recessed holes in three corners of the vise make it easy to mount it on your router table, bench top, or simply on a chunk of hardwood that can be clamped in a bench vise. Recesses machined into the top of the vise will keep all the shims, nuts and easily lost parts close at hand and out of the sawdust.
I set up my tongue and groove bits in a fraction of the time it normally takes, without the frustration of trying to dissassemble the bit in the router. The vise sells for 70 bucks and is available at www.valfortools.com.
Solid billet stainless steel creates a lifetime tool, and a great paperweight when not in use. It's heavy!
Stainless steel is hard enough to get a good grip of the router bit shank without damaging the shank's machined surface.
You can use a lot of torque on the router bit nut without the shank spinning in the vise. Sure beats struggling with a collet lock!
The vise makes easy work of precise bit setup. Storage trays machined in the billet keep the little parts out of the sawdust.