With the smorgasbord of router jigs available today, the router has become one of the most versatile machines in the shop. With versatility comes trade-offs — each different jig usually requires removing the old jig and the router baseplate. But a system like the Router Buddy reduces setup time by allowing you to follow profiles and templates, and to cut circles, ellipses, dadoes, and rabbets, all with the same baseplate.
The fence extends between 0″ to 8-1/2″ from the bit, and you can remove and replace it quickly with just one screw. In addition to dadoes, grooves, and rabbets, if you attach the included half-rounds to the fence, you can cut arcs and curves. With the circle-cutter included in the base kit, you can cut circles from 2″ to 18″ in diameter, and if you buy the large circle accessory jig you can go as big as 60″. They also sell a plate for making elliptical cutouts.
The Router Buddy fits many common routers: Porter Cable, DeWalt, Bosch, Hitachi, Milwaukee, Makita, and Fein. To use the Router Buddy with other routers, you can purchase the universal adapter plate. The baseplate uses standard Porter Cable bushings.
Amazon sells a Router Buddy kit with the small circle-cutter, fence, half-rounds, and baseplate for $60. If you want other accessories, such as a kit that contains every Router Buddy accessory, Practical Technologies maintains a store on their website.
Router Buddy [Practical Technologies]
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