Guide Bushings vs Template guides.

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Forum topic by dpwalker posted 01-02-2011 09:05 AM 1915 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2011 09:05 AM

I am looking into getting a small router for inlay work. I am confused about whether I need guide bushings or template guides for template routing. They look the same to me except for the actual material they are made of. Can I use either?

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#1 posted 01-02-2011 04:41 PM

There is a place for both guide bushings and ball bearing bits.

One word of advice on guide bushings. The vibration from the router can cause the guide bushing to come loose. Tighten it real tight in the first place and keep an eye on it. I’ve ruined 2 guide bushings before I learned this. Most people learn after only 1 bad incident but for me, in this situation, it took 2.

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#2 posted 01-02-2011 11:08 PM

I heard the steel guide bushings were bad for that as opposed to the brass ones. I bought a set for this purpose to do inlay work with. So it will be interesting to see what others have to say on the subject.

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#3 posted 01-02-2011 11:17 PM

The steel guide bushings, if and when they come loose during a cut,
with wreck your router bit. The brass is softer and the bit may not
be ruined.

I have both brass and steel ones in various sizes and have never had
an incident. The steel ones will be longer-wearing but you’d really
have to use a brass one a lot to wear it down.

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#4 posted 01-02-2011 11:33 PM

I bought the Freud bit/bushing combo when it was on sale. I finally used it about a month ago and was very pleased with it. I got a perfect fit on inlays I did on this box.

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