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We previously covered Trend’s Routabout jig for cutting replaceable access hole covers, but recently they revealed a new system that looks much simpler to use because it utilizes a 1/2″ drill instead of a router. You simply drill a 102mm (4″) hole into 18mm (.0708″) or 22mm (7/8″) chipboard, plywood, OSB, or plasterboard and cover it with either a metal or mesh plate.

The Cavity Access System comes with a 102mm hole saw with a heavy duty arbor and pilot drill, a 120mm (4-3/4″) rebate cutter for cutting the cover plate recess, five steel covers, and a waste removal tool all packaged in a plastic case. The system will run you 65 pounds or about $105, not including shipping and taxes.

Cavity Access System [TRT]
Cavity Access System [Miles Tool & Machinery]

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Routing the hinge recess in the edge of a door can be downright dangerous without a jig or clamp to hold the door still, and even then you can still make a real mess of it if you aren’t legendary for your steady hands.  This router jig from Trend Routing Technology quickly adjusts to the correct size, using the hinge itself as the pattern, and it provides the guidance needed for fast work with the router.  It also features four cutouts for fire door hinges.

The downside:  It runs $265.  That’s not bad for a production floor or for a tool guy who hangs doors all the time — however it looks like I’ll be living with sloppy but thankfully hidden hinge recesses on my doors.

Hinge Jig [Trend Routing Technology]


router.jpgOk, so you can draw.  But can you draw with a router?  If not — and who can? — Trend Routing Technology has the answer to turn you into a routing artist in no time flat: the Routasketch.  It’s an attachment system that allows you to trace an image with a stylus while your router follows the same path.

The process is pretty simple: hook the router into the lower arm of the tool and load the V-point stylus in the upper arm. Slide the drawing you are going to transfer onto a separate stand that holds it directly over the wood and router.  Then, simply trace the drawing by moving the router to move the stylus.

Even if you’re not particularly good with a pen and paper (or mouse and keyboard), you can use the Routasketch to trace other images, text, or anything else you’d like to transfer from paper to wood.

The system will work with most small light-duty hand-held routers and retails for around $90.

The Routasketch [Trend Routing Technology]
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