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Forum topic by prc61 posted 11-09-2015 03:41 AM 474 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2015 03:41 AM

I just purchased a leigh dovetail jig in an attempt to expand the look of my projects. my question is what would be a good router for this jig. I have 2 older routers, 1 Ryobi and 1 Makita. neither has the proper base for the guide bushing to fit into. I have searched for a base plate for both routers and cant seem to find one made for either router. any ideas on a good router or a way to make mine work would be great.

-- phil crannick

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#1 posted 11-09-2015 05:24 AM

The Bosch 1617EVS combo is a good set up to have. Put the fixed base in a router table and use the motor in the plunge base for handheld operations just like you are wanting to do.

Good luck.
PS: Yes, I have to complete kits.

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#2 posted 11-09-2015 06:14 AM

I like routers the Have “D” handles for more control. Not sure if Bosch makes one but I’ve used a Porter cable 691 for works great with dovetail jigs.

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#3 posted 11-09-2015 06:17 AM

There are quite a few “universal” router plates that should work.. and if the holes don’t line up exactly, it’s pretty easy to drill new ones.


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#4 posted 11-09-2015 12:29 PM

My favorite for the D4 is the Milwaukee, either 5616 or 5616. The “body grip” fixed is really nice, they also come with a base plate that takes the standard bushings. I’ve come to appreciate having 2 routers when using this jig. One with the DT bit, the second with a straight bit.

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