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Default Purpose of different barrel length for guides??

I'm new to this forum and have never used guides. Thanks to you I was able to purchase a Leigh template adapter for my Ryobi. I purchased a set of brass template guides from Harbor Freight. After trimming a few 1000's they are centered and fit the Leigh template.
My question: Is there any reason why the barrels protrude at different lengths? I understand the different diameters allow for larger bits, but if my pattern is only a 1/4 or 3/8" thick the larger length barrels are not useable. Do the longer barrels have a use?
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They did.
They were a PC invention.
And the different barrel lengths accommodated their diverse fixturing.
Some of which still exists.
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Richard, this is why I recommend the set from Woodcraft where all the guides are the right length for use with 1/4" templates.
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How do I fix these into, say, the base of my plunge router? Bosch 1617.

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Thanks, I will trim these down to 1/4".
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"How do I fix these into, say, the base of my plunge 1617 etc.........."
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With one of these, for example.
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Richard, you will want them a small amount under 1/4" so they have clearance, about .230".

Phillip, There are several solutions and Pat's high precision base is one of them. I use the Bosch parts which work with their dust collection adapters. You will find a list of all the 1617 accessories in a sticky thread at the top of our general routing section.

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Mike, what is the title of that sticky. I cannot find it. I know the problem is me but would like to read that thread.
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The template set Mike referred to is on Sale at Woodcraft through Jan 24th.
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