Thin strip rip jig for the table saw

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Project by bluekingfisher posted 09-06-2014 06:37 PM 3728 views 22 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On too many occasions I have found myself on the wrong side of safe when ripping thin strip of timber at the tablesaw, even with a ZCI installed

A trawl of the net soon found a plan for a suitable jig.

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Anyway, made out of shop scraps with the exception of the ball race bearing which cost £1.57 & a 600 length of round nylon bar £3.89 which I needed to make the bushing for the aperture in the bearing. I turned it to the necessary dia on the lathe then drilled a 6mm hole for the bolt.

The only alteration I made was to use hardwood runners rather than the hardboard shown in the plan.

A simple and effective jig, although a word of warning, as small as it is, it took more than a full day to finish and used just about every one on my machines to make.

Sorry I can’t add the relevant link, damned ipad playing up


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#1 posted 09-06-2014 06:42 PM

I made one almost the same as yours, without the scale on the side. Works great and very easy to make.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#2 posted 09-06-2014 06:47 PM

There are other more simple and just as effective jigs out there, and had I known how long this would take to make would have gone for the quick option Steve. Although now it’s done I am pleased with it.



-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#3 posted 09-06-2014 07:13 PM

Whaaaa? You didn’t paint it? Lol that looks very handy brother Fisher….nice job. Guess the big multi nation holiday adventure is over….

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 09-06-2014 09:51 PM

.......................had I known how long this would take to make would have gone for the quick option Steve. Although now it s done I am pleased with it.



- bluekingfisher

Yeah. Jigs are one of those things that unless you really just enjoy these kind of projects, the time spent sometimes is hard to justify. The aluminium one on line for $24.90 starts to look pretty good by the time the fat lady sings.

Nice job and you can say you made it yourself. Hope it serves you well.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#5 posted 09-07-2014 02:16 AM

Looks like it should work very well. Nice work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 09-07-2014 03:03 AM

Hey amigo,

I’ve been meaning to send you an email, and jaw awhile…..I get your funnies quite often, and try to retaliate with a few to you…..Hope you and Julie and the boy are doing good….Deb and I are good on this end…...I’ve been pretty busy in my shop too doing people projects, and has really gotten into my chasing the elusive bass….Plus it’s been so friggin’ hot here you would melt in 2-3 hours on the lake…...

Excellent job on the thin strip jig…..I took the lazy way out a couple of years ago and bought the Rockler Thin Strip Jig…I think I’ve used mine about 3 times, but when you need it, you need it…..Always count on you to go the extra mile for perfection….Stellar job, my friend….Keep in touch…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#7 posted 09-07-2014 12:08 PM

This is a super nice thin strip jig David.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 09-07-2014 01:22 PM

Very nicely constructed jig—looks like you added a few personal touches, and, as always, kept the cost within your great respect for your Scottish rearing! This is one of those projects I’ve often considered building but am always getting side tracked. How do you like using it? Thanks for sharing, best wishes and congratulations on DT3!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 09-07-2014 03:43 PM

Hello David,

a great jig you made, this is one off those jigs I think every time I see him, this jig I also want to make.
When I saw your first picture I thought that is my table saw, the same saw and the same Saw Table Dust
Extraction Guard.
I looked at your workshop and he is looking great, you have great tools in you shop, I must say that I’m
a little jealous on your your great tools, it’s really unbelievable, you must be a happy men :-)
Thank you for the great things you share with use.
I wish all the best, Henrie.

-- Greetings from the Netherlands.

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#10 posted 09-07-2014 03:45 PM

That will be a nice addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 09-07-2014 11:11 PM

Beautiful jig – Well made jigs are always safer, your fingers will thank you as the years roll by…...

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#12 posted 09-08-2014 09:23 AM

Thanks everyone for taking the time to leave a comment and of course for the kind words.

Thank you


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#13 posted 09-08-2014 08:55 PM

Here is the plan I found

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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