portable handheld mortising jig "build blog" #6: starting the front fence system

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Blog entry by hobby1 posted 10-17-2013 10:39 PM 1725 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Couple hours in this evening,

Here is where I’m starting working on the front fence, I need to first cut a thru hole through the router baseblate subassembly, so I do some guaging and measuring and marking off to locate the approximate center of the router shaft.

then drill a 1/2” hole for the router cutter to come thru.

Now I can put some marker on the front fence in preparation for marking and measuring, this will be the slot in the fence to allow the cutter to move back and forth on the “x” axis, when cutting the length of a mortise.

next will be the completion of the front fence assembly and some fine tuning on the whole project.

have fun in the shop.

5 comments so far

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#1 posted 10-18-2013 01:24 AM

Wow, this is one of the best looking mortising jigs I’ve seen!

-- Joel

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#2 posted 10-18-2013 09:38 AM

This looks really good. I am still wondering how it will actually be used. A no brainer on the axis movement, but it is the height I am wondering about now, but there could be lots of solutions to that problem. looking forward to seeing it in action.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 10-18-2013 11:44 AM

This is going to be amazing! Would love to see it in action when it’s completed. I don’t have the right type of brain for this type of precision so I’m glad others do

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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David Kirtley

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#4 posted 10-19-2013 12:35 AM

It’s not that much different from woodworking. The measurements are just in smaller units and you remove stock in smaller units.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#5 posted 10-19-2013 05:16 PM

Thankyou guys for the complements,

Mike, in the next installment, you’ll see how it all comes together, I think the reason your not seeing it yet, is because of the bulkiness of this project, I left the base long and it makes it look more like a machine, rather than a handheld jig, but once the base is cut to size, youll see the difference, and know exactly how the height fence will work.

Joel thanks for the complement.

Kaleb thanks, yeh I will make a video of it, I already tried it out, it works fine but at this point I have things clamped together, I need to finish the front fence assembly, sometime this week I hope.

David your right, it just takes about 10 times longer to shape metal, than wood, when using small machine tools.

Have fun in the shop, guys.

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