|Project by MT_Stringer||posted 07-10-2014 03:49 AM||8546 views||36 times favorited||12 comments|
Whenever I buy rough lumber, one of the first things I do is rip a straight edge. I usually buy 4/4 rough 1×6 or 1×8 in length’s up to 16 feet. The lumber yard will cut them down to a length I can carry in my truck.
So, with boards under 6 feet long, I rip a straight edge first before taking them to the jointer or planer.
I have been using a temporary jig until today.
Take a look at the pics. The jig is a plywood sled with a stop at the rear. On top of it, I ripped a couple of 1 1/8 inch wide pieces of 3/8 inch Baltic birch and sandwiched some T track in between. I glued and stapled the two pieces and screwed the T track to the sled.
I cut a couple of blocks and attached a small clamp to each one. Then I attached a toggle clamp which holds the rough stock in place. This system works well. I have ripped quiet a bit of maple and poplar with out problems popping up.
Note: There isn’t a runner for the miter slot. The sled rides against the fence. Thus, it can be adjusted to the width of the board being ripped.
The good part about this sled is the toggle clamps can be positioned to secure just about any length that needs to be cut from short to 6 feet plus.
This is simple to make. If you wish, you could modify it to make a taper cutting jig. I really don’t need to do any of that at the moment, but ripping I do need to do. I still have more cabinets to build (face frames, doors and drawer fronts).
-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas