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Hi everyone. Here goes another dumb question.. Anyway I have a ryobi 163 elcheapo router. It's base plate has a huge opening, possible over 2" . 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..

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Hi everyone. Here goes another dumb question..
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Anyway I have a ryobi 163 elcheapo router.
Hey, it's a router and it works. You're ahead of the game already.

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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.

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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.

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I need it to fit the PC templet guide because I will be using the PC dovetail jig with my router if I can get it all together....
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Duane, you can easily make a new sub base plate for your router by following the instructions posted in the sticky thread Making your own sub base plate. It will be your choice of guide bushings, I recommend the larger Oak Park style over the PC. This will allow you to do much more than just cut dovetails, but works just fine for that as well. Here is a link to the thread: http://www.routerforums.com/guide-bu...ase-plate.html

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I need it to fit the PC templet guide because I will be using the PC dovetail jig with my router if I can get it all together....
Hi Duane:

It is the size of the template guide, not the brand. If you measure across the inside and outside diameters of the guide protrusion, you'll find that size available from OakPark and possibly LeeValley. Then, take the measure of the threaded part and you'll find the 1 1/2" bolt with the 1 3/4" shoulder the most effective.

Every manufacturer specifies their own product but that's seldom necessary.

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The Milescraft makes a base that will screw onto Your router. They have every thing You need to solvehttp://www.woodcraft.com/Images/products/147863.jpg Your problem, Plus it does more. You don't need it, But the guys that have them think their great I turned the plate for My router. If You know some one, or have a metal lathe You can make one.

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