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I dont have, yet, a decent work shop in which to build jigs and such to work with and the first thing I have come across that I needed using my router is an edge guide. I was able to freehand what I needed to do and while it wasnt as 'clean' as I would have liked it, I was able to get the job done. It was some Dado cuts (grooves) running across the wood to support shelves.

I looked on line for some and found a few here and there. A couple with micro adjustments I really liked as I tend to be precision and perfection minded. But of course, they come with a price.

So I thought I would post here and see what ideas, options, etc I could get with regards to this.
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Here's one that's very easy that you can made in the shop . it will work for edge work or dado's slots and it's very true, the key to this one is the brass guide it's almost impossible to make a error in the cut, it can be used with a 1/8" bit or up to a 3/4" bit all with one jig.., if you make in long you can make a matching pair and then rip it to the right size after the dado job, that way they will always line up at glue up time..
Tip, make the parts a bit wider than they need to be in that way if you have rip out on the ends you can clean it up at the rip job on the table saw..

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I dont have, yet, a decent work shop in which to build jigs and such to work with and the first thing I have come across that I needed using my router is an edge guide. I was able to freehand what I needed to do and while it wasnt as 'clean' as I would have liked it, I was able to get the job done. It was some Dado cuts (grooves) running across the wood to support shelves.

I looked on line for some and found a few here and there. A couple with micro adjustments I really liked as I tend to be precision and perfection minded. But of course, they come with a price.

So I thought I would post here and see what ideas, options, etc I could get with regards to this.



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That is AWESOME! Thank you for that info. I'll see if I can get to Lowes this evening and pick up what I need to make that.
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So I was in Harbor Freight yesterday, actually went in to get some clamps since they are WAY cheaper there and identical to the ones I saw in Lowes.

Lowes 36" clamp: $36
Harbor Freight 36" clamp: $6

Anyway, while I was in there I was surprised to find they had a set of router brass guide set. So I picked it up and it has the 1" guide and I think the whole thing was like $12 if I remember correctly. I looked over their selection of router bits as I went in there also with the mindset if they had a good selection I would probably get a few. I know, probably not the best quality but it would get me started. However, they sets they had were not what I wanted at the time, they were all facing bits and such for cabinetry. I wanted to experiment with some joinery (sp?) bits and they had none of those.

One item down, a few more to go.
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Thanks for the info Scotty. I'll check that out today.
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No problem, glad the info was of use. I have simple philosophy when it comes to tools. If you make your living with them, buy the very best you can afford. Otherwise save your money and buy what will work within reason. So I shop Harbor Freight a bit. Quite frankly, I dont think I have bought anything there that I was disappointed in.

Many of my automotive tools have come from there. Micrometers, Calipers, Dial indicators, suspension tools, etc. However, my wrenches, sockets, ratchets, etc. that I use dang near weekly if not daily, and my electronic testing and measuring gear I go to Craftsman and the like.
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So I was in Harbor Freight yesterday, actually went in to get some clamps since they are WAY cheaper there and identical to the ones I saw in Lowes.

Lowes 36" clamp: $36
Harbor Freight 36" clamp: $6

Anyway, while I was in there I was surprised to find they had a set of router brass guide set. So I picked it up and it has the 1" guide and I think the whole thing was like $12 if I remember correctly. I looked over their selection of router bits as I went in there also with the mindset if they had a good selection I would probably get a few. I know, probably not the best quality but it would get me started. However, they sets they had were not what I wanted at the time, they were all facing bits and such for cabinetry. I wanted to experiment with some joinery (sp?) bits and they had none of those.

One item down, a few more to go.
I've been buying clamps there for years but now that they came out with the plastic ones there’s not many sales on the metal ones anymore.

Anyway bought the router guides there a few years ago for my old router and I haven’t checked yet. Well because I don’t know where they are at the moment, but are they universal for all routers? I can’t remember.

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I've been buying clamps there for years but now that they came out with the plastic ones thereís not many sales on the metal ones anymore.

Anyway bought the router guides there a few years ago for my old router and I havenít checked yet. Well because I donít know where they are at the moment, but are they universal for all routers? I canít remember.

I have not been able to check either as it was late when I got home but will do so when I get home from work this evening. There were various sizes in there, its just a matter of whether or not they will fit my base. I will let you know once I have more info.
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So I was in Harbor Freight yesterday, actually went in to get some clamps since they are WAY cheaper there and identical to the ones I saw in Lowes.

Lowes 36" clamp: $36
Harbor Freight 36" clamp: $6

Anyway, while I was in there I was surprised to find they had a set of router brass guide set. So I picked it up and it has the 1" guide and I think the whole thing was like $12 if I remember correctly. I looked over their selection of router bits as I went in there also with the mindset if they had a good selection I would probably get a few. I know, probably not the best quality but it would get me started. However, they sets they had were not what I wanted at the time, they were all facing bits and such for cabinetry. I wanted to experiment with some joinery (sp?) bits and they had none of those.

One item down, a few more to go.
The brass guides are i belive 1 1/4 " and if you have a porter cable it is 1 1/2? and some other's are too Like it was said you get what you pay for I don't shop their myself I would spend more somewhere else and get more Of course if a week end worker It may last But not for me

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The brass guides are i belive 1 1/4 " and if you have a porter cable it is 1 1/2? and some other's are too Like it was said you get what you pay for I don't shop their myself I would spend more somewhere else and get more Of course if a week end worker It may last But not for me
Well I have Porter Cable so I guess I’m not going to waste my time looking for it.

You do have to know what you’re looking at when shopping at harbor freight I have probably 20 or 30 bar clamps of various sizes. I buy 4 or 6 every time they go on sale. I cannot complain they are really great clamps. Was building a patio cover extension and I used a couple to hold a 12’ 2x6 in place while I did some foundation work. Some problems came up with the existing slab so I left those clamps up in the rain, snow and high winds for almost two years and when I finally took then down they were like new except for a very little rust and the varnish had come off the wood handle. My only regret was that i didn’t buy more of them.

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