bushing inlay guide for dewalt 618

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Forum topic by JoeyG posted 06-28-2012 10:15 PM 3506 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-28-2012 10:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question router

I normally do my inlays by hand, but I have a commission and need to use a template. I am research kits and everything else and at this point my head is spinning.

I figured I would go where the knowledge is instead of what could be fake reviews. So anyone who could suggest which brand will fit my router and give me the best inlays will have my undying gratitude. LOL

Thanks ahead of time for any help you guys and gals can give me.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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Nate Meadows

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 10:27 PM


I use the Milecraft system on all my router. I love it. You don’t have to use the inlay kit, but it comes with a plate and bushings. Milescraft also has a ton of accessories that go with the plates and a ton of bushing options! I highly, highly recommend this set up. They even have a “blank” bushing so if you want to use a brass bushing it will screw into one of there Turnlock ones. There products have helped me so very much!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 06-28-2012 11:01 PM

Eagle America
This is the inlay bushing set I have.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 06-28-2012 11:24 PM

A custom fitted baseplate is not too difficult to make, if you have a piece of LEXAN/PLEXI/UHMW to work with …

Here’s a simple version of how I do it …

Rough cut your new base plate from whatever material you will be using …

Determine the thread pitch & size of the screws that hold the existing plate to the router …

Find an extra screw or two in that size … cut/grind the head off and create a sharp point on that end … holding the threaded (headless) end in a drill, spin it while holding it against a grinder … makes a perfectly concentric pointed setscrew …

Set the router base on the new baseplate material, approximately centering it … screw in the pointy screw you just made until you feel the point bottom out against the plastic … turn the screw an extra turn or two … tap the top of the screw with a small hammer in order to transfer the point to the new baseplate …

Drill a hole through the baseplate just large enough for the shank of the screw to clear … flip it over, and countersink it …

Screw the baseplate to the router with a flathead (countersunk) screw, and repeat the above as needed for all mounting screws …

You should now have a perfectly fitted baseplate attached to your router with 3-4 screws …

Insert a 1/4” router bit or even a drill bit in the router’s collet and use it to drill a hole through the baseplate …

Remove the bit and the baseplate from the router, and, using the 1/4” hole as a center, saw or sand the perimeter of the baseplate to final size/shape …

Chuck a 1/4” drill bit in a drill press and insert the bit through the baseplate … this will center the baseplate directly under your drill chuck …

Clamp the baseplate in place … using a Forstner bit (35mm) drill a shallow (1/8” deep) hole in the bottom of the baseplate …

Without moving anything, drill a (30mm) hole through the baseplate through which the body of the bushing will pass ..

You should now have a perfectly fitted … perfectly centered baseplate that will accept standard brass router guide bushings. I know this is all based on the assumption that you have a drill press and the required tooling, and, if you do, it should take less than an hour to make this part.

Hope this helps … ... ...

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#4 posted 06-28-2012 11:37 PM

Thanks for the help guys. Fuzzy, I already have extra baseplates, but I will save this for in case I need to make another one.

I decided to go the the Whiteside Inlay Kit

After reading threw all kinds of reviews both here and other places I figured this was a good choice. I will do a review once I have it and see what it can do. Wish me luck.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#5 posted 06-28-2012 11:51 PM

that is the one i have also joey, its a very simple and a one do tool , i think i would like to get the one nate is talking about as it is a more extensive tool i think, but for what your need is for now, the whiteside will do fine.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 06-28-2012 11:54 PM

i just looked at the kit Nate referred to and its a really nice set up, that is going to be on my to get list, i really like the second set up which really expands your ability to do different in lays…thanks Nate..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 06-29-2012 12:19 AM

Whiteside bushing kit is a good one, and it comes with a centering guide for your router base plate. I use it with the 618, and it makes perfect inlays.
I remember paying about $40 for the kit with a solid carbide bit.

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#8 posted 06-29-2012 12:26 AM

I guess I misread your original post … I thought you were looking for a basplate that would accept standard brass bushings.

-- - dabbling in sarcasm is foolish … if you’re not proficient at it, you end up looking stupid … ... ...

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