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Wooden Return Vents for Air Conditioning #2: making a jig for the slat support

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 1157 days ago 1708 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Choosing a wood and making a plan Part 2 of Wooden Return Vents for Air Conditioning series Part 3: Assembly and finishing »

Once I planed the hickory stock to the thickness of my baseboards, I needed a jig to route angled slat support grooves into the stiles. I’m going to be making several of these, after all. The slats are at 30 degrees.

“H” is for Hickory. I sandwiched a piece of MDF b/w plywood with Titebond III and a nailer. The guides and stop are scrap hickory, as are the test pieces below.

It’s made for the venerable PC690 with a clear base. I considered making it for the laminate trimmer but I figured this would be more stable. I made the guide channel the same width as a PC bushing in case (one day) this jig could somehow double for something else (you never know).

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog



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Porchfish

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#1 posted 1157 days ago

Very clever and handy ! good work, now I see a jig for making shutters I need . Thanx !

Don S.

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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Don W

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#2 posted 1157 days ago

you need a second slot, the size of your slats, the distance to the next cut. Make a slot slide in and out as a stop for perfect spacing.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Beginningwoodworker

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#3 posted 1157 days ago

Looks good!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Bertha

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#4 posted 1157 days ago

Von, I use and old dull blade on a $99 saw for jig stock. It’s a bad habit, I know.
OK, the left side is done:

On to the right jig:

See if you can see the goof; the piece slipped. I may or may not try to hide it. I also ripped all the slats, not my favorite thing to do.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bertha

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#5 posted 1157 days ago

My fiance’ lends a hand

I ripped all the slats, wasn’t very fun

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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WayneC

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#6 posted 1157 days ago

It looks like progress…. : ^ )

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Bertha

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#7 posted 1156 days ago

Genius, Von! I considered drilling a long hole and inserting a little dowel. I like your idea better. I can probably reach in ther with the laminate trimmer without removing the stops.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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