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Very useful jig for gluing and routing thin material

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Blog entry by moshel posted 06-30-2008 06:55 AM 1721 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been using this jig for gluing thin material for some time now:
jig for gluing thin material

(i think the basic idea was taken from time life’s “art of woodworking”). The jig is basically piece of 19mm hardwood plywood with packing tape cover and 9mm pieces of plywood brad nailed at both ends. the wedges are tapped with a mallet to create the pressure.

Lately, i decided to recycle my thin scrap into coasters, very much like tonyu’s.

Unlike tonyu, i don’t have a lathe (I think that this is what he used, but not sure), so I had to use router for shaping the center. After several sleepless nights and much contemplation, i suddenly noticed that the gluing jig is perfect for holding the coaster while routing.

This is how it is done:

first, you put your thin material into the jig and wedge it.
first, you put your thin material into the jig and wedge it.

Next, you put your template on top and brad nail it onto the plywood scrap
Next, you put your template on top and brad nail it onto the plywood scrap

I used my router with the template collar that extends 7mm and the template was 9mm thick.

This is the piece after the routing, and an almost finished coaster (just one layer of LO/terp/varnish. going to put some poly on it as well)
This is the piece after the routing, and an almost finished coaster (just one layer of LO/terp/varnish. going to put some poly on it as well)

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#1 posted 06-30-2008 12:26 PM

There have been a couple times when something like this would have been quite handy. Great idea, one of those, “I wish I had thought of that” type things.

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#2 posted 06-30-2008 02:34 PM

Looks like a pretty neat idea.

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#3 posted 06-30-2008 03:26 PM

Neat idea! Thanks

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#4 posted 06-30-2008 03:31 PM

cool idea! thats a very nice coaster too. thanks for the post.

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#5 posted 06-30-2008 05:48 PM

This is going to come in handy for a project I have on the drawing board, thanks.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#6 posted 06-30-2008 05:55 PM

As my mother used to say – everything has a second use – great idea

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#7 posted 06-30-2008 06:03 PM

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 07-02-2008 10:58 AM

Looks good to me Moshel.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 08-17-2008 09:53 AM

Neat idea!

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