A router equipped with a guide bushing is often the simplest way to make accurate and repeatable router cuts. Used with simple shopmade templates, bushings make it easy to cut mortises, bore dowel and shelf-pin holes, and rout evenly spaced stopped dadoes in a carcase. With bushings, you can plunge-cut and use spiral bits, cut into the middle of a workpiece, and avoid the worry of burnishing the edge of the work. Gregory Paolini shares seven simple templates and patterns that will make your router much more versatile.

From Fine Woodworking #207