Centered and Off set Mortising:
There are many ways to cut a mortise - from traditionally chopping out by hand with a mortise chisel to industrial floor standing hollow chisel machines and the list of advantages and disadvantages to each method is as long; be it too time consuming by hand or too expensive and space consuming with a single function machine.
There are a number of jigs utilising "the world's most versatile power tool - The Router"
The base unit CRB7 includes a pair of mortise pins. However M.POWER pride ourselves on listening to our customers and in the endless search of "continual improvement" can now offer The MHL a truly stable accurate method of cutting a huge variety of different sizes of mortise.
Cutting in Hinges:
It's impossible to consistently cut accurate hinge recesses without stability, Which is the main downfall of marching hinge recesses into the edge of doors. The average thickness of a door is less than 2", which only increases the issue of a small surface contact area between the base of the router or any power tool and the worksurface. The MHL jaws fitted further with Auxiliary cheeks overcome this issue by shifting and increasing the surface contact areas onto the sides of the workpiece. The MHL assures stability allowing quick , repeatable hinge recesses.
Again the main issue with cutting out a rebate for a lock in a door is that of stability. One way to improve the situation is to fit a temporary platform onto the door edge, which the router can then run on. However these jigs or platforms only have this one function, are expensive and take up valuable room especially when working "on-site". The MHL doesn't need to run on any platform rather gaining stability through for want of a better description two large adjustable edge guides.
Fluting a board:
Sets of decorative fluting can be the perfect finish to a piece of furniture or larger woodworking projects, such as Newel posts on a set of stairs. The MHLs micro adjust jaw settings combined with the same Micro adjustment on the CRB for the router cutter. Provides the perfect set up to machine sets of precise decorative mouldings with real accuracy, quickly and with a maximum board width of 7" allowing every conceivable task to be undertaken.
Traditionally a routers edge guide or side fence is a stand alone, single function jig assembly that fits via a pair of rods to the router. It has a very limited range for dado-ing/trenching in from the board edge.
The CRB7 MHL edge guide is breathtakingly simple to fit and has a much greater depth range to penetrate in from the edge of the board up to 7.1/2" (0 > 190mm).
The new edge guide also benefits from the accuracy of the CRB7's micro adjuster which controls the distance between cutter and the edge of the board.
Either copying an existing architectural molding on a kick board/skirting board or putting the finishing touches to a piece of furniture.
Edge molding is an essential task in most woodworking projects in everything but rough stud work, framing and perhaps woodturning.
The CRB7 fitted with an Edge guide is one of the simplest set ups with which to perform a quick and easily repeatable edge mold. The CRB's Micro Adjuster precisely controls how much of the cutter is presented to the board edge to be molded and with the auxillory cheeks fitted the cutter is couched into the edge guide to create a seamless support either side of the cutter. Keeping the routing pass smooth and reducing the chance of burn marks and deviations in the molding.