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Forum topic by JustLikeJames posted 12-17-2016 04:41 PM 371 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JustLikeJames

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12-17-2016 04:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: guide bushing inlay bushing

Router inlay kits always include a template guide/collar with a snap-on bushing and a downcut spiral bit. If I already have a regular set of guide bushings (without a snap-on bushing), can I get by with those rather than spend $ on the snap-on bushing kit? I need to do some butterfly keys, bowties, dovetail keys, whatever name they go by. Is the snap-on bushing just a time saving convenience or is it more precise (tighter joint) than using two different sized guide bushings?

Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 12-17-2016 08:51 PM

The bushing kit is designed to be the perfect offset for the bit diameter. You can live without it, but you may have to “fine-tune” the fit. You can adjust a bushing by wrapping tape around it, or fine-tune either the inlay or the recess with hand tools.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#2 posted 12-17-2016 09:10 PM

The inlay kit just makes it easier since you don’t have to swap out guide bushings. If you have the correct sized bushings and bit already, go for it.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 12-17-2016 09:11 PM

Oh – you might want to do a few practice runs first :)

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 12-17-2016 09:23 PM

Thanks all. I think I’ll get just the bit at this point and give it a shot. I’m sure I’ve got two guide bushings that are 1/8” difference between them. If it’s too much trouble, I’ll buy the whole kit next time.

Thanks

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