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hi Stephen and welcome to the forum.
I have two sets of guide bushings that I've had for decades and I don't think I have ever used them.
I prefer router bits that have guide bearings for "flush cutting" around templates.
this eliminates changing bushings every time you change the bits.
what projects will you be using the jigs and templates with mostly ?
 

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hi Stephen and welcome to the forum.
I have two sets of guide bushings that I've had for decades and I don't think I have ever used them.
I prefer router bits that have guide bearings for "flush cutting" around templates.
this eliminates changing bushings every time you change the bits.
what projects will you be using the jigs and templates with mostly ?
At the moment I'm just intending on using my palm router for hinges & receivers. Have been looking at homemade jigs & then use guide bushes. Hope this answers your questions..

Thanks for the welcome

steve
 

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Steve - since you are in the UK, do you have any woodworking stores you can visit in person ?
many, many styles are available from online sources, they are basically the same configuration.
are you seeking a particular style or name brand ?
perhaps some sample photos of what you are intending to do might help.
 

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Steve - since you are in the UK, do you have any woodworking stores you can visit in person ?
many, many styles are available from online sources, they are basically the same configuration.
are you seeking a particular style or name brand ?
perhaps some sample photos of what you are intending to do might help.
just watching YouTube on this very matter (router bits). A guy had a 10mm router bit with a bearing guide. looks easier than guide bushes
 

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we all have different needs for jigs, patterns, templates, etc. which sometimes require different tools.
my projects are mostly 99% outside cutting of material - so the top bearing pattern bit is all I have in several sizes.
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G'day Stephen. Welcome to the forum.

Would not hurt to follow Ron Fox for some tips on hinges..
 
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At the moment I'm just intending on using my palm router for hinges & receivers. Have been looking at homemade jigs & then use guide bushes. Hope this answers your questions..

Thanks for the welcome

steve
As a number of woodworkers, I prefer to use auto guided router bits with templates instead of guide bushings. There is an important exception: when I need to make a patch in the wood surface.

Actually I needed to pach just a couple of times in the last three or four decades to patch (solid) wood and veneering.

Welcome!

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A belated welcome. I'm like John I don't use my busing sets anymore. I also prefer using bits with bearings. Most of the jig's purposes can be managed with a bearing bit as mentioned.
 
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