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05-24-2012 01:02 AM

I am just now getting into using templates and bushings to do routing. When I received my bushing guide set I noticed that the tubes on the different bushing sizes were different lengths. Since all of my templates are made out of 1/4” hardboard some of the tubes are too long to be used. I did a search of the web and can’t find any bushings where all of the bushings come with short tubes. I’m assuming that I all I have to do is shorten the tube to fit the job. Is that what you guys do? Seems easy enough to just grind them to the length I need.
Thanks,
Don

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#1 posted 05-24-2012 01:35 AM

One way to shorten them learned from pat warner is to drill a hole the size of the bushing O.D. in a piece of 1/4” plexiglass and use the plexi as a guide to shorten the bushing with a hack saw.

However, there are sets with the barrel lengths at just under 1/4”.

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#2 posted 05-24-2012 02:13 AM

Nitewalker, thanks for the info.

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#3 posted 05-24-2012 03:54 AM

I have a set of Rockler bushings and cut them down with a hacksaw then fied them smooth. Works like a charm.

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#4 posted 05-24-2012 03:59 AM

Sawkerf, just finished hacking and grinding. Now the bushing works fine. Bushings should be orderable in varied length barrels.

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#5 posted 05-25-2012 01:30 AM

Be careful what you wish for – that might actually make them cost more. If I can make something that even a low skilled end user can “tweak” for his/her specific needs, I can avoid the added cost of buying various sizes, maintaining bigger inventories, etc, etc.

IIRC, it took me all of about five minutes to “tweak” a couple of mine. It ain’t exactly high precision machine shop work. – lol

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#6 posted 05-25-2012 02:30 AM

Why longer barrels? The shorter ones work just fine with thicker templates as well.

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#7 posted 05-25-2012 03:13 AM

Sawkerf, you’re right. Customization means higher prices. Nitewalker, I’m also interested why different barrel lengths. Maybe an LJ knows and wants to share…

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