I am one of these people that I just want something to work, I don’t care how the jig looks as long as if it functions they way I want it to, and works well and to make what I am making look good.
I work out of a small basement, (still has the uneven dirt floor) and working round house piles, so space is at a premium. For a while I never even had a router, and once I got one I had to work out the best way for to set it up. No room really for a table… While I was thinking about this, a job came up that needed some attention so we got some custom wood mounted the router to it, clamped a it to the mitre saw arms and then clamped a straight edge fence. And at the end of the day was all that was needed to do the dados for the speakers
Old simple jig… and was all required for various jobs.
After that we then needed to use a round over bit which changed the way the jig would work. So simply put, the jig required an upgrade, and a more permanent jig. My mate Hayden also said at the time “hey, you can use the old vacuum cleaner part and add a vacuum port at the back.” Which well we did and works great. (another story that very vacuum blew up in my face… sigh)
Part of vacuum cleaner head.
The jig is very simple and because it is simple it is so quick to set up. One end of the fence is bolted and pivots while you move the other end and simply clamp once you have the distance from the bit for a dado, and even quicker for a round over or other profile with a bearing, you simply get your test piece of wood press against the bearing and swing the fence and clamp.
Because it swings on the pivot it means I don’t worry about that end of the jig, just measure from the bit to the fence and swing fence into postion then clamp it down, and you are locked. You don’t really need the double ended adjustment as such. If I need a bigger space for a dado I can easily put in another pivot hole and the swing the fence back the other way… Personally doing it this way there is less chance of me making a stuff up… lol
Like I said its not pretty but the jig works really well and is very simple which I like… and I am considering that I don’t really need to make a complete adjustable router table. Everything is easily accessable the way it is, and this jig takes up no space (well it does but if you know the way my basement is laid out and how I have the mitre saw you will know what I mean… )
Round over bit a scrap piece of pine on all four edges… it works perfectly.
Not only that it works just as well as any professional built router table I have used in the past and it cost nothing as it was made out of a scrap piece of custom MDF and 2 scrap pieces of pine glued together, and old vacuum cleaner head.
I don’t have room for all the big fancy tools that I would like to own, so one has to make do with what one has and think outside the square and I think on this occassion it wll work perfectly.
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