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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-20-2018, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Please excuse the dumb question but I was given a set of Porter Cable guide bushings and Ive never used them. I have a Porter Cable router mounted in my router table with a Jessem router lift and base plate and a Incra Clean sweep setup. I like to do handcut Dovetails but Im 74 and have a hand deformity that makes it tough to get the base of the Dovetails cleaned out without buggering the straight baseline. Is it possible to mount the bushings to my table router setup and use a straight bit to clean them out. I saw a video from Fine Woodworking that showed a fella using a pattern bit with a top bushing doing it very easily with his hand held router. Excuse the rookie question.
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The most active threads on this site are word games, and you are apologizing for a router question?? I'm happy to see an actual woodworking question. It might be possible to do what you're talking about if the bit diameter is the same as the bushing diameter. But then, you'd have to be sure the guide bushing was perfectly centered with respect to the collet. I think you'd be better served with a straight bit that has a bearing on the shank.

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I do have a straight bit with the bearing on the shank but of course it's too wide (1/2") and too long (1"). My dovetails are on the smaller side. Since I had the guide bushings I thought if they'd somehow fit, I could just use a straight bit. I see how they fit on a hand held router with a baseplate to mount them to but not sure if it's possible without that baseplate somehow mounted in the table. My only other router is a Craftsman from the 70's so there's no baseplate mounting for it to the PC bushings.
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I just did a search for the Cleansweep rings and found this link for a ring that takes the PC style bushings - might be something for you to consider.

Clean Sweep MagnaLOCK Porter-Cable Guide Bushing Ring, IncraCS MLRGUIDE
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Well that answers my question and thanks for finding that. It's exactly what I'll need to use a straight bit.
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Well that answers my question and thanks for finding that. It's exactly what I'll need to use a straight bit.
Bill - make sure you read the description before you order. There is a note that says it is not compatible with some plates. Not sure what your exact setup is so it's a good idea to confirm that before you order. If you search the web for "cleansweep rings" you'll find other links to other suppliers. The link I provided is the first one that came up for me.
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I did read that. I have a late model Incra/Jessem black plate that came with the Jessem router lift and also the clean sweep plates. I do have a message into Mark Mueller at Incremental Tools. I've gone through them for all my tools and setups and they've been really helpful. I'm almost certain it will fit. Thanks again for the tip.
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Reading a bit further down that site, I found the following information on compatibility:

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This ring will ONLY fit newer INCRA router plates and lifts that have a 3-5/8in opening through the plate. This ring is NOT compatible with grey Phenolic MagnaLOCK router plates or first-generation gold INCRA Mast-R-Lifts that have a 3-1/2in opening through the top plate.

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That's what I love about this site...someone always has an answer and usually go the extra step to help as well.
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I knew I could get the straight scoop from you guys. I’m fairly inexperienced with routers but was lucky to have found this site years ago and as I have more time to work on projects I find the router answers a lot of questions. Now I need to figure out what kind of bit to use. A spiral or just a straight cut bit. Since i’m wanting to clean the bottom of the dovetail I’m not sure what’s the best.

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