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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-03-2015, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, first post. Want to say, Hi, and ask a couple questions.

I've been screwing and gluing wood project together for awhile, but I'm interested in learning the finer points. Recently I started a project to build a drawer for the back of my Jeep. Everything is progressing nicely, but I need to make some kind of hatch or flush mounted trap door that will allow access into a lower storage area.

This is where I currently stand, everything is 3/4" Birch, except the base where I used pine trying to avoid purchasing another sheet of birch (which ended up happening anyway...)

Everything to this point has been a circular saw, jig saw, orbital sander and kreg jig with Titebond III. I need to purchase a router and bits, but before I do I want to make sure a router is the correct tool for the job and find out the best approach to making said Hatch.

In the photo above you can see the cut out area in the base above the factory storage area in the rear of the Jeep. I would like my hatch to be above it in the piece the dog is standing on. Maybe 12"x18" in size. With the hatch removed and the drawer pulled out I could access rarely used items such as jumper cables, etc.

Can someone point me in the right direction? I'm really looking forward to learning more about this wonderful tool.

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Hey, JC; welcome!

Around here the operative word is 'want' not 'need'.
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As you've already discovered, you can post pics from your own hard drive, but not links or downloads until you've posted 10 comments (anti-spam protection).
Are you saying that you'd like a 3/8" lip on the opening, with an exact size cover with a corresponding lip that drops down into the cutout, and lies flush ?
Perfect job for a router!
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Thanks for the reply.

I've been a dewalt man for some time. I'm currently looking at their 2.5hp router kit with fixed, plunge and grip base. It's more than I'll need for this project but it gives me room to grow. Is the Bosch a better tool?

I think you've nailed what I'm looking to do. I'd like to make a cut in the top of the box with an opening roughly 12"x18". I invisioned using a router to cut a lip around the hole, halfway through the 3/4" birch in height and probably 1/4 or so in depth. Then I'd make a reciprocal lid or hatch with the same style lip around it so when placed in the hole it would sit flush. A small finger hole would be present to allow it to be lifted out when needed.

Are there any tricks to making the hole and the lid the same exact size and shape? Maybe something like a router pattern?

Thank you!
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JC, an inlay guide bushing is the answer. This installation kit from Rousseau is excellent for installing mounting plates in a table and the inlay bushing in this kit makes it super easy to make your hatch. You may want to use the inlay bushing with a larger template for your hatch but seeing what you have done so far no problem

Note that this kit works with the Grizzly mounting plate.
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JC; I'm gonna defer to the template pros, but yes, very doable.
I have Boschs (Gee, whoda guessed? but to be fair, you really should get your hands on the machines you're considering, and see how they feel to you. The ergonomics is important; if it feels awkward you won't enjoy using it/them (see how I worked the sales pitch in there...)
There are a lot of Bosch fans here in large part because of their awesome Customer Service and quality.
I speak from personal experience having had a problem with a new circ. saw. They went above and beyond, eventually sending me a brand new one after the repair depot said they weren't satisfied with the repair they'd undertaken. NOBODY made any money on that one! But I'm sold!
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By the way; handsome pup!!!
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Bosch? Never heard of 'em.
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You will get a lot of advice on which router to get and they more than likely will give you good advice. I will suggest a good place to buy it from. The company is "CPO" and they are a great place to buy from. Also they have fast shipping. I almost forgot don't be afraid of their refurbished tools. I am not associated with CPO other than spending to much money.

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Are there any tricks to making the hole and the lid the same exact size and shape? Maybe something like a router pattern?
N/a (you might want to update your profile so we know what to call you), You can do this by creating a template of the opening that you are trying to create. The same template can be used for both rebates (base and lid), but you would not be able to use the piece that you cut out to make the opening.

Perhaps you could glue and screw a 1x2 around the perimeter under the hole leaving a lip for the piece that you cut out to rest on. Sorry, this doesn't require a router, but it would reduce the amount of required sheet goods.
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Sorry I have no advice for you but welcome to a great forum JC . Btw great looking doggy you got there

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