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I hate to ask such remedial questions but I just ordered a dewalt dw611pk. I thought that (I have never had a new router before) all new routers came with a bushing, but after some reasherch I have learned that I'm on my own. I have big plans a want a bushing or two. For templates, sign making and maybe inlay. So how do I know what bushing to order I see a lot of talk about PC Bushings (brass) and that they are universal. Anyway any info would be helpful, oh and dados are also something I want to do.

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Hey, I'll get the centering bit. I thought I would only need that if I was making a base/jig? Your right on with that edge guide. Looks great but too late.
Thanks again.


The "centering cone" is necessary to accurately center the base onto the router base frame.

This is a must, when you're using a router bit in the bushing---the bit needs to be accurately centered.

Insert the centering bit into the collet, hand-tighten the collet nut.

Position the base losely on the router base.

Insert the screws---

align the base opening with the cone, so it makes intimate contact around the cone and with the opening in the base.

Rotate the router collet by hand during centering.

Tighten the screws.

Remove the centering cone, and store it with your router bits and bushings.

Okay, thanks. I just thought the base and screws where predetermined. I'll be ordering one.

Good luck with building that table Tim. And if you have the time after you've finished, please post a photo so we can all see it. I'd like to have a visual of your handiwork. :)

Timothy Small said:

 I started making a poor mans router table this week with 2'x3' sheet of 3/4 MDF. That will be a big help as well. I'm really looking forward to adding a extra touch to my projects with the router.
I will for sure. Work 12 hour days till Wednesday but I am really excited about it. I manage to knock out a little shaker styled coffee for my son, who life in a tiny apartment with only a love seat in the living area. I just need to put some kind of finish on it, this week. I posted a picture on my profile page. And I'll post the router table picture soon.

Countersunk holes in the router base plate should align with mounting holes in the router base---

and they will, if the holes are machined accurately.

However, I've found some to be off a tad, and required some fine tuning to make the mounting holes ''dead on".

Elongated holes in the base plate provides for adjustment.

"If you can't make it perfect, make it adjustable".

When the base plate in not centered with the collet, the router bit will interfere in the bushing.

Insure there is not metal to metal contact with the router bit cutters and the bushing.

Rotate the collet, back and forth, by hand to insure there is clearance, before operating the machine.


Perform with task with the machine disconnected from electrical service.

A router can be a very dangerous tool in the hands of an untrained user.

perform any adjustments, installing/removing a bit, or performing any service to the router with the power supply connected.

A spinning router bit can grab clothing material and cause serious bodily injury.

It'll be all over, but the shoutin'.

Timothy Small said:

>>>...I just thought the base and screws where predetermined. .../div>

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