Router Template Collars
Inexpensive indestructible and indispensable, these little guides add safety and control
Synopsis: Router guru Pat Warner says no router accessory adds more safety, indestructibility, ease of setup and usefulness at an absolutely cheap cost than template collar guides. Why not just buy bearing-guided bits? Collars are cheaper and more versatile, he says, and he explains why. They do have limitations, and he talks about how to overcome them. Included in the article are detailed demonstrations of routing grooves and dadoes, mortises and tenons, and sliding dovetails. He also discusses sizes and subbases for added stability.
It’s true that a router can sometimes be used freehand. But because it has a dangerously sharp bit spinning rapidly at the end of a powerful motor, a router is more safely used with accessories that help the operator gain control: router tables, edge guides, add-on bases, shopmade and commercial jigs, bits with shaft-mounted bearings or template collar guides. Each brings its own advantages in specific…