There is no question about it, ‘at some point during our trek into the world of wood working we are going to need some sort of jig, whether it is a temporary one or a permanent go to Jig. Of course if you google it, you no doubt will get flooded with every type of jig imaginable, go to you tube and you find find countless video’s to build all sorts of nifty jigs. In my wood working most of my jigs are temporary jigs. Pending on what you your self are doing you may need more than one type of permanent jig,
But for those just getting started, You don’t need to go out and buy/ or build every single jig out there.
Knowing what type of jig you need will depend on the machine you are using as well as the type of work you are doing. As an example I recently was doing a small night stand for a customer, I don’t do tapered legs that often, so I made a simple disposable tapered leg jig. If I was doing them more frequently then I might decide to either build a permanent one or buy one.
Buying vs Building your own jig.
which one is better. Often times I found when building my own jigs, by the time you buy all the hardware, and materials (whether you are purchasing new material or grabbing stock you already have you still one or the other pay for it)and the time you put into building it, often times you might be saving your self a few bucks, but the key difference is you can customize to fit your needs vs one that comes out of box. So It will basically come down to a couple of factors based on your needs, budget, and how soon you need it. Lastly don’t get discouraged because you don’t have some fancy jig with all the bells and whistles, Yes jigs can make our lives easier and in some cases add additional safety to our wood working tools, but it is how you adapt and hone your skill.