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Default What size bushing do I need for Craftsman Dovetail Jig?

Itís been at least 10 or more years since Iíve used my dovetail jig and Iím not sure if I have all the pieces. I thought there was a special bushing that came with it, but I just donít remember and I canít find it in my drawer. I mounted the jig to a cart years ago and it ended up as my catch all tool cart and a place to set my coffee.

I have a number of dovetail bits and I just bought a Ridgid bushing set but Iím not exactly sure what size bushing to use and need some advice.I don't have any experience with bushings.

Also itís been a long time and I donít remember much, but I do remember having problems and destroying a few pieces of wood. Donít remember exactly what the problem was only that my drawers ended up a little smaller after cutting off the bad ends. So Iím wondering if this Craftsman jig might not be worth the effort.

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Itís been at least 10 or more years since Iíve used my dovetail jig and Iím not sure if I have all the pieces. I thought there was a special bushing that came with it, but I just donít remember and I canít find it in my drawer. I mounted the jig to a cart years ago and it ended up as my catch all tool cart and a place to set my coffee.

I have a number of dovetail bits and I just bought a Ridgid bushing set but Iím not exactly sure what size bushing to use and need some advice.I don't have any experience with bushings.

Also itís been a long time and I donít remember much, but I do remember having problems and destroying a few pieces of wood. Donít remember exactly what the problem was only that my drawers ended up a little smaller after cutting off the bad ends. So Iím wondering if this Craftsman jig might not be worth the effort.

Hi Johnny - Yikes- I'm pretty sure asking Sears will be an exercise in futility.. They will probably be able to provide the part number for a discontinued Sears part but not much else.
Seems that I do remember reading where some of the Craftsman jigs used a .400 guide bushing but no idea if yours is one of those jigs.. The good news is I think that Ridgid bushing set you just bought has one... about the only guide bushing set I recall seeing that does.

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Hi Johnny - Yikes- I'm pretty sure asking Sears will be an exercise in futility.. They will probably be able to provide the part number for a discontinued Sears part but not much else.
Seems that I do remember reading where some of the Craftsman jigs used a .400 guide bushing but no idea if yours is one of those jigs.. The good news is I think that Ridgid bushing set you just bought has one... about the only guide bushing set I recall seeing that does.
Thanks John, I was searching the internet and found a few thread at some other forums from other who were asking the same question, then I went to the Searsparts.com and found this.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...hdMod=31525790

Now I remember what it looks like and I may just have it after all. Iíve seen this thing in my junk box many times but for the life of me could not remember what it was.
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Now I remember what it looks like and I may just have it after all. Iíve seen this thing in my junk box many times but for the life of me could not remember what it was.
Been there, more often than not

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Well what an ordeal, I found all the parts but the bushing don't fit any of my routers.

I had to remove my old router from my old table that I had permanently attached to and then I couldn’t find the screws to attach the base plate. I need to go through my stuff and put everything in plastic zip bags with them marked as to what goes to what.

Anyway I don’t know what to do with my old router table and will probably have to sell it all as a set with the router, because I’m not sure if you can find a router that fits the table.

So I’m back to finding a bushing that fits my other routers. I had written 1/4” and 3/8” on the Craftsman bushings, but I don’t know what that means. I guess I'll have to get out the calipers.

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