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i liked what i saw from crb7 before and after finding out from m-power it will work with the plunge base on my dewalt 611 i decided to jump on it. the great thing is it will work on all 5 of my routers. i didnt have the bolts needed for locking the guide bars for the 611. dewalt wants you to buy their edge guide just to get the bolts but luckily i found these press on knobs that i will epoxy on the bolts. i got 4 of each for $5.
m-power had a 20% off for new customers too so it worked out well. a $160 bundle was on sale for $127 with the 20% off i got out the door for $102. seems a little pricey but being able to use it on all five routers, some i didnt have edge guides for, im happy with it
 

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You're going to like the CRB7 even more after you have used it some. The only problem that I've had with mine was when I didn't tighten the router bolts enough and was cutting a circle that turned into a kind-of spiral. My fault. I just double check the tightness of the bolts against the rods now just before I'm about to start a cut, and no more spirals.

Several times I've been facing a router step in a project, wondering how I'm going to accomplish it, and then realized that one of the configurations of the CRB7 could do it. I'm finding it to be a very valuable tool to have in my shop. I ordered the other two rod sizes from Lee Valley and found that they not only allowed the use of the CRB7 with more routers, but they let me make bigger arcs and circles using the CRB7, since they are also equipped with the same size male / female threaded ends as the rods that come with the CRB7. They can be connected end to end with the included rods for making much larger radius cuts than possible using only the rods that come in the CRB7 package. I needed to cut an arc in a piece of 3/4 birch plywood that had a radius of almost 4', and I was able to do it easily using one of my DeWalt DW618 routers and my CRB7 jig by stacking the extra and included rods end to end.

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i thought i got the entire package but found out i didnt get their better mortise attachment. they let me extend the 20% off for new customers and are sending it too. that HMLF attachment is a big improvement over the 2 bars you bolt on the bottom for mortising. being able to use it on everything from my dewalt 611 to my pc 7518 is what finally made me cave in and buy it. i cant wait to get this thing. if you havent seen this thing take a look.




 

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Tim,

After I bought my CRB7 and all of the options, I found that they came in several cardboard boxes. My shop is small and I frequently loose things in there, especially small pieces that are not kept together with the tool or jig that they belong to. I made a box to store all of the pieces of the CRB7 and posted photos of it on this forum. I'll try to search for it and update this post when I find it.

Charley

Well, I didn't find it in a search, but have made 2 attempts to upload the photos again, and both have failed. I'll try again later.

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Another idea. Let's see if I can upload to a new post.

Well, that didn't work either. Is the forum having upload issues?

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Thank You Al,

I knew it was in there somewhere. The internet was acting a bit wierd yesterday. I was having problems with slow response and upload problems on other websites too, and beginning to think it was my computer. All seems OK today.

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Wow that looks like great Charley. If you chain that to your truck and drag it down a muddy gravelly road awhile, I'm afraid that's what one i could make would look like.
 

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I used several thicknesses of Baltic Birch ply to make the box, because I had a bunch of partial sheets left over from a large project. The box sides are 1/2". The top and bottom are 1/4". The manual holder and some of the supports are 1/8". All could be made from solid wood, if that's all you have. Since plywood is very stable, I just clued the top and bottom onto the sides with no provision for dimensional changes due to humidity level variations. If you use solid wood, slot the sides and fit the top and bottom into the slots to allow for expansion and contraction.

My CRB7 is a Mark II, so when they came out with the MHLF option and the Mark III, I had already made the box. The only difference between the Mark II and the Mark III are two additional holes that were added to the base to allow attachment of the MHLF. I was able to modify my Mark II very easily to make it a Mark III. The difficult part was figuring out how to make the MHLF fit into the already built box, but I succeeded. I would have done it differently if I had waited and not built the box until the MHLF became available. I think I spent almost as much time figuring out how to get the MHLF into the box with a minimum of modification, but everything fits now, but I probably should have just started over and made a whole new box.

I like to make boxes for any of my tools that have many small parts, to keep everything together. This box actually has 4 layers of pieces in it. The bottom most layer holds the rods in the back and the optional guide rails toward the back, separated from each other
by a strip of Baltic Birch. The next level holds the lower piece of the jig that is used for edge trimming. The third level holds the jig itself and the right end has a block with holes to hold the handle, the centering pins, the guide foot that stabilizes the jig when edging, a small pill container for the attachment screws and bolts, the edge trimming bearing, etc. and the fourth level is in the lid holding the manuals and paper work associated with the jig. Level 3A is the newly created level for the MHLF option. I have to remove the guides from the MHLF and put them in level 1 to get the MHLF into the box, but doing it saves me from having to make a whole new box. I never took a picture of the addition of the MHLF into the box yet, so I'll have to take a few and post them here, but it may be several days before I'll get the time to do it. I have other commitments (life getting in the way of shop time).

Charley
 
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