Which base should you put a template base plate on?

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05-12-2014 08:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router bushings template

Hi all,

I’m ordering a template guide base plate from Eagle America to work with my Bosch MRC23EVSK combo kit. Problem is that I’m not sure which base, fixed or plunge, I should buy it for. The fixed base is 6” and the plunge base is 7” so I have to pick one or the other. This is my first time getting into template bushings so I’m not sure which one these typically mount to.

This is what I was planning on getting if anyone was wondering

Thanks in advance for the help everyone and if anyone needs more info in order to answer, ask away.

-- Ben from IL

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#1 posted 05-12-2014 08:20 PM

I don’t have a combo kit, but I do have fixed base routers and plunge routers. I always use the fixed base router for such tasks and haven’t yet encountered a situation where there would be an advantage to using a guide bushing on any plunge router. Hope this helps.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#2 posted 05-12-2014 08:51 PM

I am curious as to why you want to buy a new base plate and not just use yours as is.. With the new base plate, it appears you will have to drill and countersink holes in it for your router, and then buy a set of standard guide bushings to use with it. You can get the Bosch router template set for about $30 which uses their quick change bushings as well as an adapter so you can also use standard bushings.


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#3 posted 05-12-2014 09:06 PM

MrUnix, if the bosch that he has is like mine, a clear base is an advantage.

I made my own clear base, with the ability to use template bushings.
It’s quite easy, you first mount the plate, then you take a V cutting bit and mount it, snug it to the plate, then tap it lightly to center punch it.

Clamp the base down to your drill press.
Drill out the smaller hole all the way through.
flip the base over
clamp the base down, while recentering on the smaller fostener bit.
Change to the larger bit for the landing.
Drill to the depth of the template landing.
now polish the outter edges on the base using wet dry 320, 400, 600, 800-1200…

Total cost is about $5-6 bucks, depending on the price of a small square of plastic .. order a few.. I made offsets too for doing edging.

-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 05-12-2014 09:39 PM

Yeti – Thanks for the quick response. That’s kind of what I was thinking too, thanks for confirming.

Mrunix – I’ve looked into that set but I don’t really like the design or how you have to screw on an adapter whenever you want to use it. Plus, I’ve found reviews that the quality of them isn’t all that great and it seems like there’s a good chance of there being slop too.

woodchucker – I’d like to do that but I don’t have a drill press and don’t really want to invest in forstner bits to use with a handheld drill, might be dangerous too? I also don’t think there’s an accurate way to do the special hole for bushings without it.

Thank you for the responses!

-- Ben from IL

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#5 posted 05-13-2014 01:28 AM

I make my own too, but since you don’t have the necessary tooling, they’re cheap enough t o buy without feeling like you got gouged.

I use mine on the plunge base most of the time. That’s what I’d get the base for.

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