Tapering / straighening jig #2: Getting started

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Blog entry by mIps posted 07-03-2013 02:44 AM 955 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Somewhere along the line I’ve misplaced my camera so, until I find it, no pictures are available.

So, using laminate flooring as the base has it’s advantages and disadvantages. Advantages include known and pretty much guaranteed flat. Disadvantages include the built-in tongues and grooves on all 4 sides and the bottom is VERY slippery.

First thing I did was to trim off all the tongues and grooves so that the saw blade just nicked the main surface.

Second was to cut grooves for the t-bolts to sit in. I don’t own a dado set not a router that is currently trustworthy (working on this) so I decided to try making them manually. I set the fence at 6” and made a roughly 1/8” deep cut into the face of the piece. Then moved the fence 1/2” and cut the other edge of the groove, then hollowed out the middle with successive passes over the blade. When I was done, the groove was a little rough so I did the best I could to even it out with my one chisel.

Next I cut a piece of 1/4” plywood roughly the same size in length and width to the base, glued it down and weighted it with some full paint cans and stuff to keep pressure on while the glue dried.

Next up will be the edge piece, cutting the 1/4” slots in the 1/4” plywood and figuring out if I want a runner or not.

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