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Forum topic by Maveric777 posted 07-03-2010 08:10 PM 3048 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Maveric777

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07-03-2010 08:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question router jig dovetail jig bosch leigh

Well me being new to woodworking reared its ugly little head again today. I went out to the shop planning on figuring out my Leigh Super Jig. I removed my Bosch 1617 router from its table, gathered all the stuff for it, and found I can’t attach the Leigh e7 bushing to my router.

Here is a pic of the Bosch supplied template guide adapter (left) and the Leigh supplied e7 bushing (right)

I am assuming I need another part (either from Bosch or Leigh) to get the bushing attached. I plan on doing more research, but figured I would ask here as well. I’m lost…lol

Thanks for the help..

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.


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#1 posted 07-04-2010 08:34 AM

You need to either get the Leigh adaptor for your router or get a PC style baseplate for your router. If you remove the baseplate from your router you should find another bolt pattern (3-hole pattern) which you can use to install a PC baseplate from their 890 series routers. There are lots of aftermarket baseplates available also, including some for centering the guide collar on the router. I like using these centering baseplates because most routers can benefit from that little bit of alignment. The Leigh jig is so accurate that getting the baseplate/guide collar perfectly centered can make a difference in joint fit. See the link below for a story I did on this type of baseplate.

Centering Your Guide Collar

-- Tom Hintz, www.newwoodworker.com

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#2 posted 07-04-2010 04:16 PM

Thank you Tom. I never thought of trying to find an aftermarket base plate. I did find where Leigh has a bunch of adaptors for different routers, but I’m not confident on what to order. I will look into an aftermarket base .

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 07-04-2010 04:26 PM

most (if not ALL) 3rd party companies that make router accessories are using the PorterCable style connection for their bushing as stated already.

have you tried contacting Leigh directly to ask them which part number to get? this would take the guessing game out of the picture :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 07-04-2010 05:33 PM

Leigh sells adapters for attaching their e bushing to different routers. http://www.leighjigs.com/ugs.php This link takes you to their page with the information on how to figure out which one you need.

-- dan "insert pithy woodworking coment here"

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#5 posted 01-07-2014 02:32 AM

Dan- I realize I’m several years late to the party here. What did you end up doing to use your Bosch router with the Leigh dovetail jig? I’m in the same boat. Before I found your post, I stumbled on the link which Dan “thewoodmaster” cites here, and it looks like the Bosch RA1100 adapter would do the trick (to be used with the RA1126 Template Guide Adapter).

Thanks, Chris

-- Chris, New Jersery

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#6 posted 01-07-2014 06:04 PM

Been wracking my brain Chris on what exactly I did to get it set up and for the life of me I can’t remember (sitting here at work on lunch at the moment). Let me get home tonight and see if I can refresh my memory. Will get back to you as soon as I gather my fleeting memory…lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 01-07-2014 06:15 PM

you need 2 parts for this for the Bosch router (which is the one I am using).

you need this quick disconnect adapter:
http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-RA1126-Change-Template-Adapter/dp/B005HPUP80/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1389118375&sr=8-2&keywords=bosch+router+template+guide

and then you need this Bosch to PC/Leigh adapter:
http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-RA1100-Threaded-Template-Adapter/dp/B0009H5INI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1389118375&sr=8-3&keywords=bosch+router+template+guide

the Leigh e7 goes into the RA1100. the RA100 (with the e7 in it) then goes into the spring mounted RA1126 for easy on-off operation

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 01-07-2014 06:24 PM

Dan- If you remember, let me know. At this point though, I’m more curious than desperate. I just ordered the $7 Bosch adaptor from Amazon, which I think ought to do it. I should have it by the weekend. This just seems a lot simpler than having to change out the router base plate. It’s funny how useful these forums are. Last night I had the Leigh jig manual, the Bosch router manual, and my MacBook all sitting in front of me as I was trying to figure out what the next move was. Then I found your post with the photo and said, “Well now, doesn’t that look familiar…” So funny. Thanks for the response and Happy New Year, Chris.

-- Chris, New Jersery

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#9 posted 01-07-2014 06:27 PM

PurpLev- Bingo, I’m all set then. Thanks for the confirmation. Chris

-- Chris, New Jersery

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#10 posted 01-08-2014 05:59 PM

Yup Purple is spot on with this. Sorry I forgot to look into that last night for ya. After seeing the links PurpleLev posted up reminded me exactly what I did…lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 01-08-2014 07:09 PM

Great. Thanks guys.

-- Chris, New Jersery

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#12 posted 01-09-2014 01:21 AM

What purple said, I have the same router.

Amazon is spotty on actually carrying those things, often 3rd party vendors with high ship rates. Rockler actually usually has these for less than Amazon, as does several other well known woodworking places. But it easy to get a free ship code from Rockler and find something to fill to $25.

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#13 posted 01-09-2014 12:28 PM

Good point, Whiskers. The one I found was actually supplied by Amazon, then I threw in a couple other things I needed to qualify for the free shipping.

-- Chris, New Jersery

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#14 posted 01-09-2014 01:13 PM

I am sure others have better luck than me, but with the Bosch router guides the were a little shorter than the PC style guides. I never could get comfortable using the Bosch. I ended up buying the Hitachi router from Menards and it is set up yo use the PC guides. It is also a lot quieter than the Bosch. Note I ruined one of the Leigh guides because the router raised a little. The Hitachi is a 2.25 hp and has plenty of power. I also use my Freud router that works fine, but requires an adapter for the PC bushings. I leave these two routers dedicated to the leigh jig. I believe the Hitachi is about $120 at Menards.

-- Bill R

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#15 posted 01-09-2014 01:28 PM

I have the 1617 and that is the only thing that I dislike about it, the fact that you have to buy more things to get to a point to use bushings. I picked up a replacement clear base plate from Peachtree, it came with a centering pin too, which was nice. It was $19.99 on Amazon. The Porter Cable bushings fit perfectly in it.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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