Router guide bushing depth

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Forum topic by Praki posted 10-09-2011 11:30 PM 1424 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2011 11:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router bushings guide collar

I have made a template for routing a pattern with 1/2 inch ply. However, I have a problem with the router bushing being much longer at nearly 3/4 inch. The bushing is 3/4 in OD and I see that as the OD goes up, so does the bushing depth. My first instinct was to grind the collar down to 1/2 in. The fact that wider bushings are also deeper seems by design and I am wondering if there is any downside to reducing the bushing depth. The alternative is to make my template with a thicker ply and have bits with enough cutting length.

So, do you think it is okay to shorten the bushings or am I asking for trouble?

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#1 posted 10-09-2011 11:34 PM

It’s done frequently for just your reasons.
You won’t find any problems in doing it.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 10-10-2011 01:36 AM

Gene – thanks for reassuring me. I went ahead and hacked the tip off and filed it smooth.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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