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Cutting dovetails on a Leigh type jig is done with a bit with a bearing on top. No need for a bushing. I have a similar jig made by Sommerfeld and it also does not require a bushing.

If I were in your shoes, I'd definitely go for the Triton and use the money saved to get one of the new Bosch GKF125CEPK Colt 1.25 HP (Max) Variable-Speed Palm Router Combination Kits (pix). At 1.25 hp it will do most of the hand held work for you. Or, go with the Bosch 1617 EVSPK kit, which is an all time favorite here among USA members. Bosch also has a great customer service reputation. There isn't much price difference between the two routers.

I had a 1617 in my table, but it is now on a shelf, unused for some time because I always prefer the safety of using the table mounted router. For everything else I seem to always get by with the smaller (Colt) machine.

One of thos naming conventions that I just cannot remember is whether the bearing on the bit is on top, or bottom. It is counterintuitive, so here's a pix that shows which is which. The last picture is a chart of many kinds of bits and the profile they cut. It's helpful as you're working out what you want the piece to look like when done.
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Wow great forum and wonderful and quick responses. Looked at incra and Jessem per recs and I think it’s down to them. Jessem does have the required ring on their website and may go with them. But want to thank everyone for their great responses and willing to share and teach
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Welcome to the forum Michael. As you’ve found out it’s a very friendly place to hang out. We have 2 other doctors here that I know of. Dimitri (osteopathic surgeon) from Greece and Biagio (psychiatry) from South Africa.

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Very good advice Art. I was fascinated with dovetails, and bought the Incra system, which is fantastic, but over kill if it is not used. After playing with a few dovetails, I found other things and have never gone back to it. A universal, quality system is the way to go. I have the Triton in my table, and it has been excellent. Our woodworking club went with a vastly more expensive lift with dedicated router, and have had the router replaced and repaired several times. They went that way as inexperienced users had damaged a Triton, but being the only user, and no doubt you will look after your equipment, the Triton will suit admirably. Although it is big and heavy as Tom says, at a pinch, if you need a big gutsy router to do a heavy job, you have it. Don't over analyse, just enjoy the journey.
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Hey, Michael; welcome!
On the parting with digits thing, make it an absolute personal commitment to never let your mind wander when you're using power tools. It's so easy to start thinking about something else when your total focus needs to be on where your hands are, and the cutting process you're working with. It happens so fast you won't get a chance to react.
If you're starting to be distracted, call it a day, or do something in the shop that doesn't involve sharp whirly bits.
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