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Newbie here, so bear with me as I throw out some questions.

I am looking to buy a Bosch 1181 table and want to know if it is possible to fit guide bushings to the standard insert.

If so, how?

If not, is it possible to fit a different insert?

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If none of the inserts have the necessary flange you have two options. Get a spare insert set and route the flange on the appropriate one (small part safety practices in full force, keep the meat away from the rapidly spinning, very sharp bit), or make a replacement mounting plate with an integral flange.

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Alternately if the Bosch mounting plate is smaller than, say, the $13 Grizzly plate you could conceivably use the Bosch plate as a pattern and trim the Grizzly plate to size; drill and tap as need to match the Bosch plate's functionality. The only possible hitch may be irregularities on the underside of the Grizzly plate. I use one but I'm not home so I can't check right now.

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Thanks mate.

Being a newbie to this stuff, I am not even sure what I need this for, but maybe by the time I do, it will be time again to upgrade my table to something that does not need modifying.

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I have never used guide bushings in a table mounted router.....any job that requires guide bushings would be eaiser and safer to do with a hand held router.
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I have never used guide bushings in a table mounted router.....any job that requires guide bushings would be eaiser and safer to do with a hand held router.
I agree for some jobs, particularly any time the cutter would be concealed from view, such as patterned recesses in the interior of the work piece. However, for full depth or perimeter pattern work, if the work piece fits comfortably on the table I have no qualms taking it to a table with a bushing.

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Bob, I am all for Bosch tools but their router tables fall way short of the mark. Make life easy on yourself and check out the Grizzly T10432. It is low cost and includes all the features you need.
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Thanks Mike,

My biggest problem is SPACE.

I have a small single garage to work in, so a bench top table is what I need, and from the research that I have done, the Bosch seems to be the best 'bang for the buck'.
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Bob, it is not difficult to build your own router table. Check out the economy table build sticky thread at the top of this section. This table is designed after the Router Workshop table and should be perfect for your needs.
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