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Tool Picking #7: One Heavy Shopmade Doweling Jig

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Blog entry by TrBlu posted 01-13-2013 11:09 PM 1498 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This jig has been in my cabinet for many years.

It was made by a retired machinist, turned woodworker. I met him shortly after he had to give up woodworking because of health issues. I purchased my first table saw and drill press from him, when I was first setting up my shop and starting woodworking. This was just one of the tools and jigs I purchased from him.

Unfortunately, he passed away a couple weeks later, during a medical procedure. So, I never learned the full story behind this jig, nor all of the ways he used it.

The base of the jig is 1/4” x 6” x 12” steel plate. There are ten 3/8” holes for drill guides. The shop made knobs and hold downs allow the jig to accommodate board up to 4/4 thickness.

It works well as a doweling jig. I also know he used it to remove material for hand cut mortises. Please share any other ideas you might have regarding its uses.

This jig has just been taking up space in my cabinet for the past few years. I have considered trying to sell it. But, I have no idea what this beauty is worth. Any suggestions appreciated.

This is not a new pick, but it is one I thougtht you might find interesting.

Thanks for looking.

Tim

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim



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Mip

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 12:17 AM

This is a nicely made jig. If you were really considering selling it, maybe clean up the surface rust a little bit and ask $100 for it, see if anybody bites. it’s made of steel, so it won’t warp with humidity changes, and it will last darn near forever. If it was mine, I would keep it, since I just got done making a chair with a lot of holes for dowels. One thing I would add is a spacer piece between the top plate with the knobs and the piece with the holes to accommodate thicker wood than 4/4. Just my two cents worth.

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 03:40 AM

looks like a great jig

-- Joel

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 04:00 AM

The spacer idea is a pretty good thought. I could cut the spacers out of Corian. Could go between the bottom plate and/or the top.

MIP: I might could be tempted around $100.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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