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Oak Park currently has them on sale - 12 bucks ea. Would be fine to have all sizes but....what are the most usual sizes, most commonly used? Thanks.
 

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Bub said:
Hi Tom - largest is 1 1/2" o.d. all the way down to 1/4".
That looks like 37mm as the largest which is good as other set that I have seen is about 20mm being the largest. During my time doing demonstrations at wood shows I was constantly asked 'Why do you need a 40mm Guide'?
Four simple answers were given.
1/ A greater range of cutters can be used
2/ You can see most of the cutters in action during the process
3/ The 'Swarf' will dispell more easily and not build up and overheat the cutter
4/ The most important Small 1/4" cutters which are usually small in length can be used with greater safety as the router chuck will penetrate through the guide to give the depth required.
There was a fifth reason I added lately but I do not recall it at this stage (Old Age)
You will also require other size guides. The more guides you have will increase the number of projects that you can complete.
My preference is to use metric guides and metric cutters as it is much easier to do the calculations No 64ths 32nds 16ths etc.

Just a note I do all my template guide work in the plunge mode. Over the year I have submitted pics to the forum all projects are completed with the use of the guides for at least 90% of the work.Hope this information has been of help to you
Tom
 

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The one's I order last week are on back order.
 

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You might check out

Infinity Tools was offering a set of brass guides free if your order was over $50 (I think it was 50). It was a ten piece set and Porter Cable friendly. I'm not sure how long the special lasted but you could easily check the website. I have used their bits in the past and have had no problems with them, so the guides should be ok. Home Depot and Lowes also sell a similar 10 piece set.

KenW
 
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