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Turned handles #6: jig to speed things up

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Blog entry by Dan Krager posted 05-27-2014 10:54 PM 932 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The turned handles that I use in my shop start with an octagon blank that has taken up to 3 hours to prepare an accurate one. This jig is designed to reduce that time to mere minutes. I start with a split blank and in just a few minutes with this jig end up with a perfect octagon blank. The jig will also accommodate a taper up to 30” long. What you can’t see in the picture is a runner that runs in the miter slot.

Dank

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com



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#1 posted 05-28-2014 03:15 AM

What a time saver and a great jig idea, thank you for sharing

-- Norman

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#2 posted 05-28-2014 03:22 AM

Sounds like a huge asset, Dan. Is this your design? Care to provide details? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 05-28-2014 10:57 AM

Hi Candy, the “design” is purely functional. I built to the need. It’s so straight forward that I don’t know where to start with “details”. It’s a pair of metal rods held in plywood that moves over the saw table like a sled. The far end is 1/4” rod and the close end is 5/8 rod with an indexing disc glued to an old pulley hub. The 5/8 rod on the work holding end is ground like a lathe spur to be pressed into the wood for holding the registration. I cross drilled the rods for a roll pin to ride against a washer, holding the rods against the pressure of work holding. The runner in the miter slot is adjustable for taper (you can just barely see one of two cross slots at the far end). I used a router mill that I built some time ago to cut all the slots. (see Mark Sternberg—-Mark55).
What else can I tell you? I’ll be happy to share any details.
Thanks, Norman.
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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#4 posted 05-28-2014 11:28 AM

Neat idea dan!
How Many handles are you making? :-)

-- Jhopewell, New Hampshire, www.hopewellwoodwork.com

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#5 posted 05-28-2014 12:22 PM

Very nice jig, Dan, photos saved to my hard drive so I can attempt similar! Thanks for sharing.

I really need an out feed table for the bandsaw equipped with a jig like this! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 05-29-2014 01:51 AM

Darned Clever Dan, you are Jigmaster for a Day!

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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#7 posted 05-29-2014 02:03 AM

Thanks for the explanation, Dan. I get the general idea. I’ll study on it.

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 05-29-2014 02:42 AM

Candy, I did a quick sketchup before building, would that be helpful? It’s missing a lot of detail right now, but I can put that in fairly quickly.
Thank you all for comments!
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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#9 posted 05-29-2014 03:07 AM

Dan, that would be very helpful. Thanks!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 06-01-2014 11:32 PM

OK, here is the brief blog on my site where the SketchUp file can be downloaded. It’s at the bottom of the post. It’s not fully fleshed out, but it gives dimensions and since it’s a live file you can use it as a starting point to modify as you wish.
Any questions, just contact me.
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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