Jigs to speed up the process

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Blog entry by Farrout posted 01-16-2014 07:12 PM 1235 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently started making children’s swings. I think I posted one as a project some time ago.
I’m starting to get orders so as with all things you do repetitively I came up with a couple of jigs to speed up the process.
The first is a simple block I can screw to my cross cut sled to make multiple pieces the same size. Now I’m glad I just have a plain old piece of 3/4” plywood for a base. I don’t mind making holes in it.

The second is a thin strip gauge I made after seeing some ideas here on LJ.
I need to cut a lot of 3/8” stuff so this really speeds up the process.
Just a simple wood screw to act as the pusher.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#1 posted 01-16-2014 07:33 PM

I have concerns with using a screw as a pusher. Blades react badly when they encounter screws but I guess it you are careful and check for clearance before starting you should be ok. I will recommend making some thin featherboards to hold the small pieces in place while cutting. At the very least they might keep a piece from shooting at you if the small wood piece your cutting goes south on you.
Just an idea. I personally like your ideas!

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#2 posted 01-16-2014 08:12 PM

I second what BubingaBill says about the screw.
I suggest at least changing it out to a brass screw.
Much less trauma to the blade when contact does occur!!!

Even better would be a wood dowel or a small block of wood, just glued on.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 08:29 PM

I agree with the 2 previous posters: using a wood screw as a push stick is crazy. You are placing you hands within 2-3 inches of the blade, pushing the wood through the blade without a splitter. This seems like the kind of cut the grrriper was designed for.

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#4 posted 01-19-2014 03:17 PM

OK, the combined wisdom of the responses struck me and I modified the jig.
Now, the tab pushes the stock through the blade.
The stock is now much better supported and less likely to tip and kick back.
It has the added benefit of being a built in 3/8” gauge block.
It’s like using a meat slicer.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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