Hi everyone. Here goes another dumb question..
No dumb questions, only dumb answers.
Anyway I have a ryobi 163 elcheapo router.
Hey, it's a router and it works. You're ahead of the game already.
It's base plate has a huge opening, possible over 2" .
There are two "standards" for template guides. Firstly, you want brass guides and the bigger the better. Check to see if the Ryobi takes a 1 1/2" guide with a 1 3/4" shoulder. This is the preferred size and you want it only in brass.
There is a broad range of add on baseplates, all of which (except the cast iron ones) you can make yourself. Take off your existing baseplate, tape it to a piece of 1/4" stiff plastic of your preferred size (Lexan etc) using a centre punch to scribe where the centre and the bolt holes are. Use a 1 1/2" Forstner bit for the centre hole and brad point bits for the bolt holes.
I would like to use a porter cable templet guide with it. So I was wondering if anyone knew of base plate that could go on the ryobi router that will accept the porter cable templet guides..
Again, thank you _Duane
The Porter Cable guide bushings are too small for general use. Fine when you have nothing else but if you're going to equip your shop, use 1 3/4" from LeeValley or OakPark. There are several vendors in the US who stock them. OakPark has the most complete sizes but LeeValley has better prices on a limited selection. You definitely don't want "adapters". The brass screw-in guides are best.
The largest adapters are best. It gives you better view of the cut as you work.