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I bought this depth gauge Busy Bee Tools Product Detail but I don't understand how it would work because the spacing for each "step" is only about 1/4", yet most router bits are much wider than this. Even in the photo shown on the website you see the bit is too wide to touch the next higher step. And this is a pretty narrow bit. Unless I'm missing something?

I also bought this safety kit Busy Bee Tools Product Detail mainly for the feather board, until I got home and realized the board is made of cheap wood (I thought it was plastic). Not sure if I'm going to return this or not (the push sticks and block I can make myself). In the photo of the featherboard, between the knob and board is a thin metal piece. What's this for?

I also bought a milescraft guide kit which I may have to return because I can't find any holes that line up with my base. If this is the case I'll probably just make my own base and lose the guide functionality.
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You just use the depth gauge on one side of the bit. Say you have a straight bit with two blades, just put it over one side of it and use the height of the one blade to determine height.

I've found that this kind of height gauge is much easier and quicker to use than brass setup bars. I also use it on my table saw. Even with a dado blade, I can accurately (enough) determine the height to my liking.

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I bought this depth gauge Busy Bee Tools Product Detail but I don't understand how it would work because the spacing for each "step" is only about 1/4", yet most router bits are much wider than this. Even in the photo shown on the website you see the bit is too wide to touch the next higher step. And this is a pretty narrow bit. Unless I'm missing something?

I also bought this safety kit Busy Bee Tools Product Detail mainly for the feather board, until I got home and realized the board is made of cheap wood (I thought it was plastic). Not sure if I'm going to return this or not (the push sticks and block I can make myself). In the photo of the featherboard, between the knob and board is a thin metal piece. What's this for?

I also bought a milescraft guide kit which I may have to return because I can't find any holes that line up with my base. If this is the case I'll probably just make my own base and lose the guide functionality.
Hi Guido -
Chris is right on about the depth gauge. I prefer that style myself.

The safety set....... I think the milescraft dual featherboard kit is one of the better sets out there. I don't always care for the funky curved slots you use to adjust the things but overall they work pretty well.
Milescraft base seems like it should have enough holes to match most anything. Try taking the original subbase off your router. Install the guide pin that came with the kit in your router, 1/2" end in the collet. Install the 5/16" bushing in the milescraft plate. Slip the plate and bushing over the 1/4" end of the guide pin and rotate around until you find some holes or slots or combination of both that line up with holes in your router base.
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Both of those items should work well for you. After long use any featherboard can wear out, i've made my own on occasion. Use that one as a pattern or if you'd like pencil rub the new one and keep it for future reference. If you duplicated the featherboard exactly, it'll be easier to use in the future with the same hardware. Personally I don't like the plastic featherboards so much, they chip and crack when they get old. As far as the router plate goes. It should line up, if it doesn't you can find kits online that work with homemade bases for the guide set.

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Hi Guido -
Milescraft base seems like it should have enough holes to match most anything.
I thought this too, until I saw this on the Sears website: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...5969000P?mv=rr
It's obviously a Milescraft base, but 4 of the 5 reviewers said it wouldn't fit their Crafstman router.

I'll try again with the depth gauge - seems I was using it wrong.

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you can find kits online that work with homemade bases for the guide set.
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I didn't know this. Any pointers where I can start looking?

I have some 3/8" thick white nylon plastic, do you think this would make a good base or should I look for something else?

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You can get them here Buy 10 Piece Router Bushing Set With Case at Woodcraft.com . You might beable to find them cheaper other places but the simple screw and nut design is what you want. What you have to do is make sure you're precise making your base. Use slots for the attachment points and a dowel rod to center it properly. Use a fostner bit the same dia. of the bushing then a slightly smaller bit for a center hole. Make sure you mill the first hole deep enough so the bushing will be flush or slightly recessed. If done properly, you can simple install the bushing with the nut and it will clamp centered on the base you made. A small piece of 1/4" steel dowel rod in the proper collet along with a 1/4" I.D. bushing will let you to align it properly. The biggest issue is the fact that you're using a craftsman router i believe. I've lost all respect for anything craftsman over the years. You're better off buying harbor freight tools but that's just my opinion. The material sounds like it will work well just keep in mind when drilling or cutting it. If it's not a cast material, it may melt a bit with the heat of friction.

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Here's another option however i don't have any experience with it.

http://www.woodcraft.com/Family/2001418/2001418.aspx
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Hi Guido

The Milescraft plate will fit almost all routers, plus you get a free line up tool in every kit you may need to drill a hole or two but that's not a big deal if you remove the plate you now have and use it for a template plus you can use your PC guides if you want to .

Amazon.com: Milescraft 1211 Base Plate Metal-Nose Bushing Set for Routers: Home Improvement

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I need to get that to go along with my offset base. I broke my centering pin, too.

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