This is just a tip to save you some big bucks, from 10.oo to 80.oo dollars for your inlay kits..
" Many of us own an inlay bushing set that was designed for a 1/8" router bit.
That's great for small inlays but when you are doing larger or thicker inlays, a 1/8" bit is too slow and too fragile."
If you have a lathe or a mate that has one you can make your own offset rings for the brass/steel guides that you now have ..
I have said this many times B/4 you can't have to many brass guides, and yes you can do inlay jobs on the router table, the key is the offset ring and your pattern/template ,the ring and guide will do all the work for you.
And yes you can use the standard router bit to do inlay work you are just going down 1/4" of less in the stock.. to hold the inlay in place..and to cut the inlay to sit in the hole..
Here's a small list of the rings you can make and use on your brass guides ,the PC type and the OP type work very well..by the way the rings will fit both type of guides ( PC and the OP/Lee Valley type) so to say you just need to make one for each size..
But if you are going to make one why not make all 3 of them at the same time then you have a complete set..and you just saved about 80.oo dollars..
Just a note...to make a line up pin for the 3/8" one just pop in a 1/2 " or 5/8" brass or a Alum. bolt in the lathe .turn the head down to fit inside the guide just right and turn the bolt down to 1/4" now you have a line up pin, it's a must have item to get the guide on did center in your router or router table.
Be sure to check your guides b/4 you make your rings they are NOT all made the same.
All the rings are 1/4" thick.
for 1/8" bit size
For 1/4" bit size
For 3/8" bit size
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