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nightdiver5

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576 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question router router guide

Santa was pretty nice to me this year and left a Bosch MRC23EVSK combo fixed and plunge based router under my tree. The router is a beauty but my question is about the Bosch template guide system.

Of course it didnt come with the RA1126 quick change template guide adaptor which you need to have in order to be able use the RA1100 threaded template guide adaptor which you need if you want use a standard threaded template guide (somehow an adaptor for an adaptor just doesnt seem like a design award idea).

Anyway, I’m going to be routing some holes using a 32mm shelf pin drilling jig so I need the bit to be accurately centered in the guide so the holes dont have any variation. The quick change system seems fine for most routing but seems a little sloppy for really accurate holes. I can use a centering cone to get the bit centered but I’m concerned there may be a slight amout of slop in that quick change system.

Any advice or opinions?
Thanks,
Jeff

-- Jeff, SoCal


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RogerInColorado

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#1 posted 576 days ago

I feel your pain. I bought the Bosch Colt trim router for use as a trimmer and palm router. Had occasion where it would have made sense to use it with a template guide but since I already had the porter cable guides didn’t want to invest in guides for a different system. Bosch has a base plate that accepts the P-C guides, but it’s only available in black, so you can’t see what’s going on. I have other issues with the Colt, but . . . I have other Bosch tools I like, but if I had it to do over I’d not buy the Colt. I hope you have better luck with your package.

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Kickback

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#2 posted 576 days ago

I have to agree I have the 1617EVSPK kit and bought the template gide kit and I have not been impressed with it one bit. The one time I tried to use it I could not get the damn thing centered with the centering pin I also had to purchase seperately. The routers are great but the accessories suck IMHO.

-- "I work so I can fish"!

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runswithscissors

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#3 posted 576 days ago

Maybe you could make your own base plate out of 1/4” Lexan that would take the PC template guides. I make base plates frequently out of tempered Masonite (not clear, but I’m not concerned about seeing through it).

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Moron

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#4 posted 576 days ago

some routers suck for sure, they suck dust right through every orifice of your body and home

but mostly, its the people who suck at using them

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Moron

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#5 posted 576 days ago

not a man of excuses speaks seldom

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Gerald Thompson

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#6 posted 576 days ago

Google Pat Warner. He is the go to guy on all things routher. He has made several clear base plates for me that are of very high quality and they are reasonabley priced.

-- Jerry

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RogerInColorado

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#7 posted 576 days ago

Thanks for that resource, Gerald. I’m going to order today as soon as I figure out if I need one or both of his bases..

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nightdiver5

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#8 posted 576 days ago

Thanks everyone for your input.
And thanks Jerry for the Pat Warner info. I took a look at his website. I think buying a new subbase is the way I’ll probably go.

-- Jeff, SoCal

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