Router template guide question...
This may be a stupid question but I'm going to ask it anyway. I've got a Freud FT2200 3-1/4HP plunge router that I bought about three years ago. It's a pretty nice router but I haven't used it much. I got a good deal on it and was in need of a new bigger router anyway so I picked it up. It's been sitting on the shelf for probably two years. Today I ran into a previous client and we started talking. He's got an idea for a product he wants to produce and sell in his store. We talked about it and he did a brief sketch and I've got a pretty good idea of what he's looking for. I came home and made a prototype of the basic shape of the part that's going to need to be produced.
When we get the final design done, I was planning on making a master template and using that to cut the parts. They're going to be made out of 1/2" MDF. I'm sure this router is up to the task of cutting these parts. I've never used a guide on a router though. I've used guided bits, but a guide bushing is a little bit different.
I was at the BORG this afternoon and for about $40 they have a "universal" guide template set. It looks like just the ticket. But I got home and noticed that the base of my Freud has a big rectangular cutout in it. I looked up the Freud 9 or 10 piece guide set and it looks like just about the same thing but they're just round pieces that screw into a plate. In the pictures of that set, I don't see a rectangular plate to fit in the opening. I did notice in the RIDGID set at the BORG, it appears to have a couple base plates with it. Here goes the stupid question...
It looks like I just remove the existing plastic base plate from the router and attach one of the bases that comes with that universal set. Is that the case?
It looks like one plate had a number of different holes drilled in it. The other one was the same size but I think it was just blank. I would assume that you could use your existing plate and drill holes in the correct location if the universal one doesn't fit.
If this works out, I can probably produce these for him fairly quickly. If they sell well, he may even try selling them online in addition to his store.
Thank you so much for any input!
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