Thin Stock Ripping Jig

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Blog entry by David posted 03-23-2007 03:29 AM 3494 reads 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch


This thin stock ripping jig is modified an article in the 2006 WOOD Magazine’s Best-Ever Woodworking Jigs, Homemade Tools, & Shop Organizers (pgs 6-7). My jig is made from cherry & cherry plywood. It is finished with tung oil, lacquer and wax.

I will be working a project soon that will require ripping matching thin stock for edge banding. After reading this article, I thought this is the perfect solution to quickly make a consistent quantity of edge banding.

The jig is made from scrap bin materials – cherry and cherry plywood. The hardware is from my “miscellaneous nuts & bolts” jar. The only item I purchased was the Miter Slot Hardware Kit from my local Rockler store. You could easily substitute a hardwood runner as illustrated in the Wood Magazine article. I just liked the idea of being able to lock the jig down for multiple cuts.

The jig is basically the same as the article with the following modifications.

A small wooden knob was added the slide rail to make fine adjustments easier.

The hardwood miter slot runner was replaced with a Miter Slot Hardware Kit ($3.99) runner from Rockler.

The tip of the registration bar is a 10-24 socket head set screw mounted in a 10-24 threaded Pop-Rivet insert. A compression spring holds the screw in position once it has been set for the saw blade.

The scale is made from a paper inch ruler downloaded from: Paper Rulers

After trimming the ruler to size it was clear coated with spray shellac and glued in place on the registration bar. The Plexiglas cover is from an old broken drafting triangle.

Use of the Thin Stock Ripping Jig

The jig is easy to use. Just place it in your miter slot. Adjust to zero with the head of the socket screw just touching the saw blade. Slide the jig to the rear of the miter slot as far as possible behind the blade. Loosen the large adjusting knob and set the jig to the desired thickness.

With your stock against the rip fence, slide the fence until the stock is just touching the socket screw. The saw is now set to rip thin stock of the desired thickness. Now all you have to do is move the fence over each time, touching the socket screw, and rip another piece of stock of the same thickness.

Don’t forget to use the appropriate safety gear, blade guards and push block!


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#1 posted 03-23-2007 03:37 AM

David. That is a neat jig. I hope I can find it when I need it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 03-23-2007 03:40 AM

That is a pretty cool jig!!!!! I bet it works great!!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 03-23-2007 03:43 AM

Very nice!

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

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#4 posted 03-23-2007 03:57 AM

Looks great…I would count this as shop Furniture…being cherry and having such a nice look to the peice. Great work.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#5 posted 03-24-2007 03:46 AM

It’s on my list, David.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 04-19-2007 04:18 AM

That is one professionally done jig, David.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 04-19-2007 06:50 AM

Thanks for the comments guys!


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#8 posted 10-26-2007 07:15 AM

Hi. Folks were looking for photos today. Douglass and Max…

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

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#9 posted 10-26-2007 02:15 PM

I can’t seem to get photos either

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 10-26-2007 03:04 PM

David upgraded some software and it broke his posts. He have been fixing them. I found the post on his web site. You can go here till he gets it fixed. He is on vacation.

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

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#11 posted 10-26-2007 05:37 PM

From some of the internet postings that were similar to David’s, if you are so inclined to make your own miter runner, one left the runner long enough to extend beyond the front of the table. They just drove a screw up from the bottom and left it not driven home as a way to fix the jig at it’s position in front of the blade. But the tension spring on David’s screw head was an elegance that wasn’t seen elsewhere. Gotta build me one.

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

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#12 posted 10-29-2007 01:29 PM

Douglas -

I will get thses updated as soon as I return home – my apologies for the broken links. Lots of headaches getting the links straightened out!

Thanks Wayne for posting the link on my website!



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#13 posted 05-26-2009 10:14 PM

I would love to see this jig. Seems the link to his website is no longer working either. :(

-- Mateo

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#14 posted 05-26-2009 10:28 PM

Try this:


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#15 posted 05-26-2009 10:46 PM

Hey Dave
this is a cool jig well done looks first class for sure.
Hey Bob #2 thanks for the link

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