If you remember my Tip #7, I showed how I jointed one edge of a board by taping a straight edge to a board and running it along the fence of a table saw.
Well, sometimes I think I’m just stupid! There’s an easier way to do this and I already had the jig for it made. My wife asked me for a piece of wood to shore up one side of an electronic keyboard at her school. I had a piece in mind, but wanted to square it up and paint it black. After I did all of this, using the method described in Tip #7, She informed me that she actually needed a thicker piece.
I had a piece of scrap which would work, but again it needed squaring up. These two pieces were scrap from cutting out for an air conditioner. So It occurred to me that I could just attach the old piece to the thicker piece and use my template jig instead of doing it the hard way. Here’s some pictures to really drive it home. Maybe I won’t forget next time!
[Below] Here you can see the old, too-thin piece attached to the rough, thicker piece. I used two finishing nails to put them together, leaving the heads proud for easy removal.
[Below] This is the jig I’m talking about. It’s basically a right angle which clamps to the fence and ‘floats’ just above the surface of the wood you need to cut and barely touching the blade, (adjust blade height to suit).
[Below] With the two pieces attached, I’m running the old piece, or template along the edge of the jig. If you have things set up correctly the piece you cut will end up exactly the same size as your template.
[Below] Here’s what the first cut looks like. Without changing anything aside from the position of the piece, you can just run all four sides through the saw.
[Below] Then I just remove the two nails, sand the edges and put the paint on before handing it over to my wife.
This method should also work for jointing the edge of a board. You just need a straight edge as long as the board you’re jointing to run along the jig.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!