Full time tool collector, part time woodworker
- 25 Sep 2011
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I am planning to buy a 3/8" carbide end mill for cutting deep mortice joints with my router, a Triton TRA001. The Triton only has 1/2" and 1/4" collets, and I can't find a dedicated 3/8" collet. As the cutter is long and will be working hard, I don't think using a Trend sleeve is a very sensible idea. I had an idea that I could cut a right hand thread on the end of the shank, and machine a steel sleeve to screw over this on the lathe, with a precise outside diameter of 1/2". The cutter's action should act to tighten the sleeve on the bit, so shouldn't come loose. Is this a good idea, and will the results be more secure than a collet sleeve?