Setting up Router for Dove Tail Jig......HELP!

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Forum topic by HuntleyBill posted 08-06-2010 09:44 PM 1487 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2010 09:44 PM

I have a plunge router that I want to use with my newly purchased HF Dove tail jig. I also have a set of bushing for the template but I don’t know how to use them on this router.

Do I need a different base? If so, would you know which one I need? where I can get it?
Can anyone help me as to what I need to get or do so I can learn how to make Dove Tail Joints?

The pictures below show some router details and the bushings. I silver place with the bushings is a plate that came with the router that I have no idea what it is for.

Thank you all for your help


Router Base


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#1 posted 08-06-2010 09:57 PM

Does that large brass plate with the four holes fit into the router base opening? If so, the bushings should fit into the brass plate. If not, you can pick up universal router baseplates. I think I’ve seen a Milescraft brand universal router plate at Home Depot.

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#2 posted 08-06-2010 10:12 PM

That large brass plate does NOT fit the router.
I will check out Home Depot as you suggested. Thank you VERY much for your input.

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#3 posted 08-06-2010 10:45 PM

You will most likely have to get a universal router base that will take the guides. I got one from Lee Valley

46J9105 1-3/16” Adapter Base Plate

No real recommendation. It works and I was ordering from them anyway. Was $19 if I remember correctly. They carry some at the big box stores and are labeled as universal router bases.

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#4 posted 08-07-2010 05:23 PM

Thank you. That adapter plate looks exactly like what I need.

As usual, you guys ROCK!

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#5 posted 08-07-2010 06:49 PM

A plunge router may not be the best choice. The plunge mechanism can add some play leading to problems with the fit.


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#6 posted 08-07-2010 09:21 PM

Look for a second router, maybe used at an auction or something. One with a base plate that works with the bushings. Set your dovetail with it and leave it!

If you want to do one drawer, it just takes too much effort to set up the router. If you find a decent used one that you can leave set up, you’ll be ready to rock and roll any time you want to dovetail.

Since it will have limited use, a used one can last a long while.

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