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02-03-2020 03:28 PM
Jason Etzel
I Created a Router Guide Bashing Insert

I have the R163G and haven't had any luck finding a good universal base to use with guide bushings.. so I went ahead and made my own with acrylic and cut and engraved on my laser. I am offering to make them for others as well. I have it listed on my Etsy store. I have also made a base with the same guide fitting for my 18-volt one+ trim router but I need to adjust the screw holes a bit before I make a listing for it. So if you need that base and don't see a listing, please contact me.

I haven't posted 10 times here, so I cannot post link just yet, but look up my shop on Etsy, it's called Interactive Realm.

I hope this helps out some of you. I know I've had my frustrations with these routers (having to tighten the clasps a few times to keep them from slipping and digging deeper) and the lack of baseplates and inserts but overall they're pretty decent and should have more accessories available.. even if we have to make them ourselves.

01-20-2019 01:54 PM
scristaldi I agree wholeheartly, just found I have this same router and same problem and same thoughts as to ... screw home depot and more so Ryobi. This is the rinky dink stuff that turns people off to ever repurchasing a particular product again. How dumb is that... spend all that money trying to get a customer just to lose because of stupidity.
09-26-2018 12:11 PM
JEFFSCABINETS I've been meaning to update my situation. I did some bartering with my machinist friend. I supplied some scrap 1/4" thick Plexiglas and he made a baseplate for my router. It will now accept Porter Cable guide collars. Sorry, not something you can buy in stores but it works great for applications where you don't need a big router.
05-08-2018 09:24 AM
Get an adapter

Originally Posted by lmikekelly View Post
Hello, I'm new at using routers. How do I adapt guide bushings to my Ryobi R163?
You just need something like this
03-27-2018 11:16 PM
1fizgig Thanks Chuck, it's something in the back of my mind I know I'm going to need the further I get into this.
With my wife's penchant for dreaming up ideas, especially as she gets into her interior design course more and more, I suspect I'll be learning new ways to do a great many things.
03-26-2018 09:34 AM
Cherryville Chuck These are fairly standard sizes Steve: 1-3/16" Brass Template Guides - Lee Valley Tools This is the most common counterbore size but there are also 1 3/4". However, some routers are made for a adapter plate/bushing combination. I'm not familiar with that router to be sure what you have. On our home page are some good tutorials by Harry Sinclair that will explain how to use guide bushings effectively and why you need different sizes.
03-25-2018 11:00 PM
Originally Posted by lmikekelly View Post
Hello, I'm new at using routers. How do I adapt guide bushings to my Ryobi R163?

Hi there, is the Ryobi you have like this one:
Ryobi 1600W Plunge Router Product Detail - RYOBI Tools

I got a template guide with my one, but it's a fixed size piece of steel. I'm just thinking about whether or not I'll need some other guides at some point, so just looking to get a handle on what's available.
02-16-2018 07:50 PM
I do hope these quick drawings explain how the CP (smaller) and Oak-Park/Lee valley template guides are attached to a router baseplate, and the terms counter bore and through bore.
02-13-2018 02:34 AM
JEFFSCABINETS Not sure what you guys mean by counterbore. I talked to my machinist friend today and showed him what I want. The Porter Cable collar and nut fall all the way through the base plate on the router I want it for. He's actually going to make the holes on a boring machine so they will be exact. Then all that needs to be done is do take a die grinder and burr and remove some plastic from the router base in the space where the collar nut will be. I need this set up to do mortising for door hinges. I don't want to pay a window and door shop to machine new doors to match old ones. I will make some templates from 1/2" MDF.
02-06-2018 09:39 AM
Originally Posted by JEFFSCABINETS View Post
I just did a google search for guide collars to fit Ryobi laminate trim routers and came across this forum. I can see I'll be spending a lot of time here.
Anyway, the lip hole in my router is almost 1 -9/16" and my PC collars are 1-3/8" so they fall through. I think I'll try getting some plexiglas type plastic and make a few new plates and with the help of a retired machinist friend see if he can make the right sized lip hole. I will keep some of those after market base plates as a back up plan idea.
This is my way.
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