Add Bushings to Your Router Kit
These inexpensive accessories increase control and make the router even more versatile
Synopsis: One of the most versatile ways to control a router’s path is with guide bushings, which surround the bit and provide a bearing surface for jigs and templates. Bushings make it easier to use the router to cut mortises, tenons, pockets for inlay, dovetails, dadoes, and sliding dovetails. Learn the basics of bushings and make some easy templates: one for mortising, one for dadoes and dovetails, and one that combines multiple joints.
Routers are among the most versatile tools in the shop once you learn to control them, and one of the most versatile ways to gain this control is with guide bushings. These surround a router bit and provide a bearing surface that works with all kinds of shopmade templates and commercial jigs, making it easy to cut mortises, tenons, pockets for inlay, dovetails, dadoes, and sliding dovetails. More complex templates can include multiple joints, so you…