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10-24-2010 10:25 PM

Hello everyone, well the holiday season is coming fast. So this year, I’m going to give x-mas gifts of the CMT tray. I was tracing the template that is in the kit and I found that there was too much room for error, as trying to keep the walls even and spacing right. After some thought I came up with this idea. By taking sometime and care using the CMT template I was able to get the spacing right. I started by doing it the way CMT says to taking care to get the space right once I had it looking good to me. I drilled starting hole for my jig saw, cut to just outside the lines and then I put the CMT template back on and again taking care to get it back where it was when I traced it. Then using a flush bit I cut it out. By making this template it does two things. I still trace the template and then drill out the compartments but if you look close at the pictures. I now screw the template down and then trace it by doing this. I’m able to put the template back in the screw holes. And I don’t have to reposition the template when routing. Here’s some pictures of my work.

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#1 posted 10-25-2010 02:19 AM

Looks good, when you fill it with x-mas shrimp and caviar I hope you’ll give me a call to

try it out!!!! :)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#2 posted 10-25-2010 02:23 AM

Thanks Bob I will posted it when done

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#3 posted 11-15-2010 12:55 AM

This is a great idea!! I haven’t started using my templates from the kit yet but I figured that the alignment was going to be fussy….

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#4 posted 11-15-2010 04:39 AM

I agree that is a great idea. It should make it easier. Thanks for sharing the idea and the post.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#5 posted 11-15-2010 04:06 PM

Great little how to. Thnx for sharing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 09-23-2013 01:21 AM

I like it- one thing is that you need to make sure the templates are at least 1/2” thick. I tried messing around with 1/4 stuff but the bearing is too thick for it to work.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#7 posted 09-23-2015 12:29 PM

After you used the jig saw, did you eyeball it with the router or did you have some type of guide to get such strait lines for your template?

Looks great BTW

-- Gabe in Savannah

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#8 posted 09-23-2015 01:02 PM

Great tip!! When I’ve looked at these templates, I wondered how difficult it would be to get these aligned well. Your approach to make a new, full-size template from the 1/4 template is genius, pure genius. Wile E Coyote would be proud…

-- I aspire to be a novice woodworker...

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