Guide Bushings Can Open Your Woodworking World

Blog_OpenerWhat do you know about guide bushings besides they’re the small tubes that attach to your router baseplate through which router bits extend? Are they the same as template guides, or is there a difference? What are the standard sizes? Are these router accessories sold by the outside diameter or the inside diameter? If you were a subscriber to 360 Woodworking, you’d have those answers and more. Issue #2 continues today with an article about guide bushings, “Fundamentals of Woodworking: Guide Bushings.” And there’s a lot more to know than what I listed above.

As an example, did you know that the primary problem that woodworker’s encounter using guide bushings (which, by the way, are the same as template guides) is the fact that the baseplate on your router is not perfectly centered on the router bit – as a result, the guide bushing will be offset, too. This can cause you to pull your hair out if you make your dovetails with a fixture.

Also explained and shown in the article – with video clips, you know – are a couple of the jigs I use in the shop where guide bushings make the task super easy. These techniques could change the way you work wood.

— Glen D. Huey

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