My First Jig ever! Also-Giant Tenons are a PITA

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Blog entry by DragonLady posted 03-31-2010 05:05 AM 1885 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lots of firsts for me tonight:

1) made my first ever jig
2) made my first ever dado
3) Used my brand new router in the plunge base
4) did my first serious routing (ok, kind of a compilation of 1-3 above)


The jig I made is for routing tenons. The pieces I’m working on (the legs for my workbench in progress) are too big for the router table, too big for my tiny table saw, and damn tiring to do by hand. I got the plans from here

Ta da!

Not much to look at, really, but it’s my first jig ever, AND it actually works like it’s supposed to! Amazing! I’m disgustingly proud of myself.

Here’s my first dado:

it’s a good fit here!

But a little loose on this side:

That’s ok, the screws, glue and angle braces will solve that issue.

Now, where’s that stupid pencil?
Tenon jig 012

Here it is mounted on a leg that needs a tenon:
Tenon jig 015

Didn’t have time to finish the tenon, so you don’t get a picture of that yet.

And I’ve never used a router before. I didn’t realize the waste was so splintery :( Ow! Used to sawdust, not little chips.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#1 posted 03-31-2010 05:44 AM

you done good. expecting to see more. a jig can be harder to make than what you are trying to build. i like the straight edge clamp. that will come in handy as you go along.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#2 posted 03-31-2010 05:50 AM

Outside veneer of the ply – think about what the cutter is removing and the size of the cut for each “Tooth”. Of course it would be “splinters” so to speak. :)

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 03-31-2010 06:15 AM

Try a router bit made for the new ply 23/32’’ Diameter for 3/4’’ Plywood . They come in sets also if you do alot of ply. Heres where I got mine if it helps. Nice jig, look under the bench for the pencil mine always goes there.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#4 posted 03-31-2010 07:40 AM

Glad to see you got a router. Seems like my stuff really took off after I got my first router. Amazing what you can do with one… Freud also makes a set for 23/32 (super quality).

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Kent Shepherd

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#5 posted 03-31-2010 03:16 PM

Looking good. I’m anxious to see a tenon from it. Sometimes jigs are more fun than actual projects.

Thanks for sharing


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