Accurate, clean marks are critical to any fine woodworking project. For years my marking tool arsenal consisted of a tape measure and a pencil, sometimes sharp (maybe). To mark the center of a board edge was hit or miss—mostly miss! As my quality progressed, so did my need for accurate ways to mark. How can you cut it or drill it right if you don’t start with a proper starting point. For the last few years I have been on the look-out for anything that would help achieve that. Not ...
This is one of those jigs I’ve thought about for a while and finally decided to just do it. It’s down and dirty, focused very much on function and not at all on prettiness. Originally I planned to make a dedicated 90 degree miter gauge since the one for my saw is pretty unreliable. It works, but—well, you know. After I got the 90 degree part finished it occurred to me to try some added functionality. On the board behind the fence I added two fences, one at 45 de...
I just invented and got patent pending status on a new type of magnetic dovetail jig. Check it out and let me know what you think. Cheers! https://youtu.be/X1egRKnOiHg
I ended up with a lot of footage, so I am going to split the video up as needed to the time manageable. In this video, I start my new project which is a tilt-out wastebasket cabinet. As usual, I start out with rough lumber, so much of this first video is about preparing the stock. Need to Joint a board that is wider than your jointer? I cover that in this video as well. Stay tuned to see how it all turns out! View on YouTube Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thomaslightleFaceb...
[Legebla en Esperanto] [Above] Typical example of Mother Necessity. I needed a way to glue up a small live-edge picture frame plus 5 of it’s sisters sometime down the line. The live edge made it impossible to use a strap clamp or even a rubber band. So after thinking about it, I came up with this ‘simple’ clamping jig. It consists of a pair of cross pieces, the height and width of which match the height and width of the intended frame size. The four cut out corners of...
In Need of a KnobI am in the process of designing and building a horizontal mortise machine. For that, I needed a precise circle cut-out. To do that, I needed a circle jig. For that, I needed a knob, one with a threaded stud. I had made one a while ago, and found my template, improved my technique a bit and went to work. The Knob ConceptMost knobs are formed like a star, with five “pointers”. I took Inkscape to the rescue to create a template, here a picture: It’...
Over a year ago I posted this blog entry [link] about the jigs I’ve made for my table saw. Even then I knew the tapering jig pictured above was in need of augmentation. At the time it was adequate, but every time I used it… This week I decided to just take the time and fix the old tapering jig up so that wouldn’t feel so much on the edge when I use it. The main reason though is that I want to use it more for putting a nice clean edge on boards that are not straight. ...
This simple routing jig to be used on 4” diameter x 1 1/2” piece of wood to rout treads using a 8mm guide bush. The jig was designed in Sketchup. The top plate (pattern) can be changed as required as long as the “channel” is 8mm wide and is positioned on the jig using 4 locating dowels. The jig is small approximately 200mm x 140mm x 130mm and is designed to be used with a trimmer. There is a side viewing window to line up indexing marks as you spin the wheel ar...
I made a router sled to flatten a Farmhouse style dining table top I’m making. It’s a simple project that produced good results. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/ykNEqxTe23g
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