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Forum topic by CudaDude posted 01-10-2014 07:22 PM 807 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2014 07:22 PM

As the title states I’m pretty much a newbie with the router and wondering the purpose of the template bushings. I’ve used my router with a bearing guided flush cut bit for making table saw inserts and a few other things out of hardboard patterns. Why use guide bushings over a flush trim bit when you have to account for bushing offset?

-- Gary

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#1 posted 01-10-2014 08:00 PM

I’d like to see what everyone has to say on this too. I know they have tons of uses, but being a bit of a router newb myself, It would be good to read more about. I bought the Harbour freight inlay set with bit and different size bushings but I have yet to try it. I know the theory there is to cut the piece to be the inlay with one bushing and the hole to fit it with the other. That is about all I have on bushings.

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#2 posted 01-10-2014 08:10 PM

For one – using bushing you can use any router bit that would fit in the clearance – straight, dovetails, molding, shapers – not limited by what bits are commercially available with a bearing. Also “regular” (no bearing) bits are cheaper.

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#3 posted 01-10-2014 08:18 PM

MY sentiment exactly.You can use the guide bushes to follow a pattern exactly without the need for bearings which wear out after a time and stick sometimes try it you will not be dissapointed they are not expensive.Have safe fun Alistair

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 08:48 PM

Guide bushings work great when you have a template for repetitive work (the bushing protects the template from the cutter and gives you a better shot at uniform cuts). And of course they are required if you are using a dovetail jig since they are part of the jig’s design. For doing edge work, I can’t think of how they would work other than maybe facilitating slot cuts but IMHO there are easier ways to do that. Since you are going to probably require a plunge router anyway, a good router mounted fence/guide will probably work just as well other than for the speed for multiple cuts using a template. I really only use them with my shelf hole jig.

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#5 posted 01-10-2014 10:59 PM

Yeah I have noticed the prices. The bushing kits are about the same as buying 1 bearing guided bit.

-- Gary

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