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Cheesto

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12-02-2013 02:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router guide bushings

Hello all – I recently purchased 2 Chicago Electric routers. One of the bases has a 1.436” router opening, and the other has a 1.5” router opening. It seems that neither is the standard Porter Cable opening that most bushings are used for.

I am having a difficult time finding guide bushings in these sizes. Could you help point me in the right direction of where I should look? Thank you!!!


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#1 posted 12-02-2013 02:32 PM

Chicago Electric is one of the housebrands for Harbor Freight. Maybe their router bushings will work.

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#2 posted 12-02-2013 02:34 PM

Thank you for the suggestion – unfortunately, the size bushings that Harbor Freight carries is for the standard Porter Cable plate opening of 1 3/16”. Funny, huh?

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 02:49 PM

That opening would need a small rabbit on the upper edge to accommodate the bushings. Even if you could find some that size, they might not work anyway. I’d suggest you look around for an aftermarket sub base. Some of them are made with a million or so slots designed to fit almost any router. You could also just make one, it’s not hard to do.

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#4 posted 12-02-2013 04:28 PM

Fred, I think changing out the base is the best way to go. Is there a specific type or thickness of acyrilic glass or plexi glass that you recommend I use for the base?

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#5 posted 12-02-2013 07:29 PM

A black phenolic material is what is mostly used. Plexiglass scratches too easily and it tends to crack around drilled through holes. If you tighten down a screw too much, it will crack.

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#6 posted 12-02-2013 10:30 PM

Not really. I’ve made a few and just used what I had on hand, which was 1/4” thick polycarbonate. It also scratches easily, but I can’t say I’ve ever had any problem with cracks around the holes I drilled in it. the phenolic would be first choice, but it’s normally not down at the local hardware. You may have to search for it.

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#7 posted 12-02-2013 11:45 PM

they sell phenolic at woodcraft I think in small 12” squares

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