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Forum topic by woodman71 posted 1354 days ago 1444 views 4 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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1354 days ago

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 1353 days ago

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 1353 days ago

Thanks Bob I will posted it when done

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#3 posted 1333 days ago

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 1332 days ago

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 1332 days ago

Great little how to. Thnx for sharing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 290 days ago

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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