A Place for Jigs at LumberJocks

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Blog entry by Blake posted 11-13-2007 10:11 AM 2187 reads 0 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It seems to me that we need a place for Jigs at LJ’s. This is how I imagine it:

It would be identical to the “Projects” section but it would be it’s own separate area. So each persons account would have “My Home,” “Projects,” “Jigs,” “Blog,” Buddies,” etc.

On the Home Page there would be a little “Jigs” section right under the “Projects” section and it would show the latest three Jigs posted.

I know jigs are technically projects, but I think they deserve to be separate. Projects are the beautiful, prized end products of our shop and our labor. Jigs are the functional, means to an end. Our jigs may be elaborate, simple, beautiful or ugly and made of scraps. But they represent ingenuity, individuality and inventiveness, and we woodworkers are very fond of them.

So fond of them, in fact, that many of the books written about woodworking are dedicated specifically to Jigs. This is why I believe we need a section of LJ’s dedicated to them as well.

It would be extremely helpful, in my mind, to have this dedicated jig section. This way we could search through it for ideas and inspiration for how to improve the efficiency of our shop or our tools. Every woodworker has such a different take on which jigs are necessary and how to make them. There has even been long debates on LJ’s recently on whether to buy or make certain jigs and tools.

I noticed that many jocks have jigs posted in their projects section. I have lots of different jigs in my shop. Many are extremely simple but they make a common task much easier. I would like to share them with everyone but I have been hesitant to fill my “projects” section with these contraptions. I believe a special “Jigs” section would encourage myself and other Jocks to post more of their jigs and discuss their methods of work. This is, after all, one of the main reasons I value LJ’s so much in the first place: the sharing of ideas.

So I am posting the question to the LJs: What do you think of this idea? And who would we talk to about getting it off the ground?

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 11-13-2007 10:27 AM

I like the idea – I’m with you on keeping jigs separate from projects.

If Martin Sojka doesn’t pick this up in the next day or two (which he probably will), send him a PM. Or talk to him whenever you’d like! You’ll find his friendly face on the first “Jocks” page.

edit: Here's the link for him

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 11-13-2007 10:31 AM

Blake, I think you’ve hit on a good idea. Lot of LJs do post jigs in their blog entries (Hail, Niki!), and if the author has tagged the entry with jigs they are cross-referenced in the tags link up top.
But a specific area would make them easier to find and encourage folks who wouldn’t consider their jigs to be project worthy to share them with the rest of us.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 11-13-2007 10:35 AM

Sounds good to me.

Always looking for jigs when I get ready to do something new.


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View mot's profile


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#4 posted 11-13-2007 11:41 AM

Actually, Niki posts his in the forums and, I fear, they get lost. I wish Niki posted his in his Blog. Not as a detractor of the idea, but maybe pointing out something…if the project is tagged with jig, it will be lumped together in a search. Just a thought. Each way requires that the person correctly places the project. Anyway, I am all for better organization of any site, shop, garage, kitchen, desk…whatever. Let’s see what Martin thinks.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 11-13-2007 12:58 PM

there are getting to be a lot of buttons at the top of the page. You make a really good point about keeping the jigs out of the projects page – especially if someone is trying to use their projects as a way to promote their business.

Are there other ways to separate the jigs and not let them get lost?

what about putting them in the Technical Forum and tagging them with jig – the link to tagged items can be added to the stickies at top of page


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 11-13-2007 03:32 PM

The only problem with having it in the forums is you lose the connection to the LJ who created it. With Projects, if you like a project, it is very simple to jump to that LJ’s other projects. In the forums, it is more of a public service announcement, and a little more work to make the connections.

-- Dekker -

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#7 posted 11-13-2007 04:47 PM

I agree Dekker…forums are for discussions. The blog and projects feature should be where personal stuff goes. However.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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John Gray

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#8 posted 11-13-2007 05:27 PM


-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#9 posted 11-13-2007 05:46 PM

I know that Martin wants to keep the toolbars “simple” and uncluttered. I think he has mentioned this before when a new button was suggested. I’m not saying that he wouldn’t do this, just thinking that there might be options and alternatives -if we put our creative thinking caps on

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Peter Oxley

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#10 posted 11-13-2007 06:15 PM

Someone suggested a “special tag” or flag or some kind of marker for projects that included detailed plans. Maybe there could be special marker for projects that are jigs?

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 11-13-2007 06:25 PM

Is this site excellent or what! Elegant redundancies and all the content. I forgot about stickies, too. Thanks, Martin

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

View miles125's profile


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#12 posted 11-13-2007 06:43 PM

Heck i been a member 5 months and just the other day figured out the shuffle button…Lol

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

View Blake's profile


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#13 posted 11-13-2007 07:36 PM

I really believe that for woodworkers, Jigs are a significant enough part of the whole experience to have it’s own category. And we spend so much time inventing, designing, and building them just to complete one task. I would like a place to keep these jigs in an organized way and show them off to other people. But I would also like to be able to my fellow jock’s page and see the jigs that he made. It is so interesting to see which jigs people feel are important and how them make them. I think this concept is justs as interesting and important as projects.

To do a search for “tagged” items is just not the same. You get a jumble of listings in no particular order. You must specify whether you want to look in Forums, Blogs, Projects, etc. You don’t get pictures unless you open them individually. No thumbnails.

And maybe somebody forgot to tag something, or tagged it differently than how you are trying to look it up. Jiigs are anything that you make (or buy) just for the shop to help you make stuff. It could be a homemade disk sander, a mortising jig, or a very simply made marking gauge. What if I want to look at all the tools people have built for themselves? How would I search for that?

“homemade” “home made” “shop made” “shop built” “tools” “machine” “bandsaw circle cutter” “Thingy that I made for my table saw”

If I made a marking gauge like a piece of furniture, out of tiger maple and brass, I might think it was worthy of posting on my projects page. But what if someone came up with an ingenious way to make a great marking gauge out of two scraps. They might not decide to post it in their projects (though they certainly could…) but I would want to know about it. And a blog is not the right format.

I see what you are saying, but I don’t think one more button will kill us. This category is worthy of it’s own place on LJ’s

-- Happy woodworking!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 11-13-2007 08:29 PM

Martin already has 8 categories in the forums, maybe he could just add a jig category.

I don’t know how you could get all of the previous jig entries transfered to this category, but maybe someone could figure it out.

That’s my 2 1/2 cents worth !!!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 11-13-2007 08:32 PM

Im all for it. We all know that there are just as many jigs out there as projects if not more.

-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris

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