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Doug
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"90% of router users do not use template guides"
"90% would use the router in the router table"

I think that your quotes are pretty accurate, Tom. I use template guides about 50 percent of the times I am using templates, and pattern bits the rest. They both have pros and cons, but I am relying more on templates. I've been burned in the past where the stop collar for the top mounted bearing pattern bit has slipped allowing the bearing to creep up the shank and damaged both my template and the workpiece, something that cannot happen with a template guide.

As for using the router in the table, I would have to say that at least 75% of my work is done with the router in the table. 90% of the work in the table is done with the fence guiding the work.
 
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