|Project by Derek Lyons||posted 05-07-2009 06:11 PM||5915 views||23 times favorited||12 comments|
While making some endgrain cutting boards, I needed a jig to help me crosscut the blank. The toggle clamps hold the blank firmly, and make the last few cuts (when there isn’t enough of the blank to hold itself square) super easy.
The rear (closer to the operator) fence is screwed and glued to the MDF base. The front fence is only screwed, so that in the future I can move it as needed to handle blanks of different width. If I were building the jig again I’d mount the front fence in some slots to allow for adjustment.
The toggle clamps really paid off on the final cut of one blank, when what was left of the blank was 1/4” too wide. Using the square to align the blank and adjusting the fence and stop block let me maximize the use of the expense and labor that had gone into assembling the blank.
-- Derek, Bremerton WA --