No moving ripfence strip cutting jig.

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Blog entry by Don "Dances with Wood" Butler posted 10-18-2010 02:49 PM 2051 reads 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did this image in SketchUp to be certain it was as clear as I can make it.

The jig straddles the ripfence and has a replacable push finger, shown in red, that shoves the work into the saw blade. The image shows the main parts of the jig in green and a finished cut piece on the other side of the blade.

This configuration also keeps the cut pieces well away from the fence so no kickbacks can occur.

Rather than continuously moving the ripfence after each cut, the jig keeps the work spaced perfectly and produces exactly the same thicknesses time after time as long as the workpiece is held against the side of the jig.

I recommend the use of a ‘push stick’ as a way to hold the work piece when it starts to get smaller, just to make sure your fingers stay out of trouble. I use this jig to make strips for anything that requires a number of pieces the same width.


-- Will trade wife's yarn for wood.

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#1 posted 10-18-2010 03:42 PM

Don, that’s really cool; a different approach to cutting strips than the jigs I’ve seen that mostly are located to the left of the blade.

-- Robb

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#2 posted 10-18-2010 03:44 PM

Don, thanks for sharing that and with such a clear drawing. I have a lamp that I make that requires really thin strips and this is a better idea than the jig I use to cut the strips.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas,

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#3 posted 10-18-2010 03:47 PM

doesn’t it need a disposable hold down strip
over the top too
to keep the pieces from jumping up and out ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 10-18-2010 04:12 PM

If I understand it, this is similar to MaFe’s, which I’ve had favorited for future ripoff (no pun intended):

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-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 10-18-2010 04:32 PM

I like the way you think.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#6 posted 10-18-2010 07:27 PM

Good Idea.
I do see a limitation when it comes to thin but tall stripes like 2” tall where the piece would not have support.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 10-18-2010 07:36 PM

Hey Don,

I would recommend a slight hold down as David suggests.

Also I think it should not straddle the fence. If it is an upside down ‘U’ (as I think it is) it would have to be made in a way that would never jam or stick as it is slid down the fence. This would at least require Teflon tape or such, and being made quite precisely. And if it was made loose, it would loose precision. I would like it better if it would just press against the blade side of the fence.

But I do like this idea of not moving the fence for repetitive cuts.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 10-19-2010 06:41 AM

good idea :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 10-19-2010 04:55 PM

I see the advantage of having a hold down and I’ll add it.
Haven’t had any jump up yet, though.


-- Will trade wife's yarn for wood.

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#10 posted 10-20-2010 02:40 AM

good to hear don

looks like a better way to dothat

i use the left side rig
but it does make slightly different pieces
depending on how hard the fence comes to it

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 10-20-2010 03:00 AM

Interesting idea . Do you have photos of the actual jig.

-- Custom furniture

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