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I have a Dewalt 611 & 618. I would like to know if there is an easy way to put center lines on the bases both sides? How does one do that? Please be specific. Thanks...
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If you put a guide bush centering pin in the router then you could lay a straight edge over the point and scribe that line. However, when you rotate the router at all the line would be off parallel to a fence or whatever you wanted to line up for so I don't know what use it would be to you. Can you elaborate as to what you think you need it for?
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Hey, Michael; Bill Hylton's book, 'Router Magic' has very explicit instructions for making a clear base with 'cross hairs'. He also has included instructions for several other application specific bases.
If you don't have the book yet, you really want one!
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Remove the base plate. Clamp two pieces of wood parallel, exactly the diameter of the router's base. Check by fitting the router between at both ends. Once set parallel, remove the router.

Divide the distance between the two pieces and make marks wider apart than the diameter of the router base. Draw a line connecting the marks. Double check to make certain the marks are precisely centered. Place the router over the line, between the boards. Place the router between the boards and use a marker to transfer the drawn line onto the router's metal base. See the diagram below.

Replace the sub base on the router, using a centering pin (Pix below) to center the sub base. You could mark the sub base with a white fine point marker, but if you remove the sub base you will want to re-center it.
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Hey, Michael; Bill Hylton's book, 'Router Magic' has very explicit instructions for making a clear base with 'cross hairs'. He also has included instructions for several other application specific bases.
If you don't have the book yet, you really want one!
I've got Patrick Spielman's router book. Does he cover the same info as Bill Hylton?
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I've got Patrick Spielman's router book. Does he cover the same info as Bill Hylton?
I only have Hylton's, so can't answer that part.
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I've got Patrick Spielman's router book. Does he cover the same info as Bill Hylton?
I've read Spielman's but not Hylton's. However, based on many comments I've seen about ideas taken from Hylton's book I would say that they don't share all the same ideas.

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I've read Spielman's but not Hylton's. However, based on many comments I've seen about ideas taken from Hylton's book I would say that they don't share all the same ideas.
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Here's a copy of the opening page on the DIY crosshair baseplate...
(I'm sure Mr. Hylton won't mind; I'm promoting his book! )
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This the centering pin I was talking about. Amazon Canada shows it for $20. I've seen it for $7. It was included free with one or more of my Hitachi routers. It would be fairly easy to scribe a line across the tip. Getting it accurately square to the base plate is another issue.

Dan what does Hylton say is the advantage of having the crosshairs?

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