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Project by Kent Shepherd posted 05-28-2009 06:49 PM 11990 views 117 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like to build my jigs as versatile as possible. This is my router table sled. It is baltic birch plywood, mahogany and flame maple. I’ve got T-slots routed for hold downs, an adjustable angled fence, assorted fences, and a jig for doing dovetail splines. The T-slot in the fence was done by routing the slot and adding the maple to create the T-slot.

The reason I use so much fantastic lumber in my jigs is because I have a lot of pieces left over from my cabinet door shop. We do custom doors so we’re always doing something different. It looks great, but doesn’t cost me anything. Are you jealous yet?

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong





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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 05-28-2009 07:11 PM

Another BIG WOW! You do some mighty fine work Kent!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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patron

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#2 posted 05-28-2009 07:11 PM

definitly !
i do so many difernt types of projects ( from rotting bathroom floors to makeing inlaid doors , to propaneling roofs )
when im in the shop my jigs are slam dunk and disposable as they are mostly made for 1 specific thing .
i will get with you on this sometime as your work is really well thought out and made .
thanks for the input !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Mateo

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#3 posted 05-28-2009 08:15 PM

HOLY CRAP! This is an awesome jig. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mateo

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stefang

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#4 posted 05-28-2009 08:48 PM

A really nifty and well made jig. Yes I am very jealous of the cut-offs from your door shop. Thanks for showing this and for the inspiration to make our jigs more versatile. A good thing, especially for those of us with small shops.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Bob #2

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#5 posted 05-28-2009 08:50 PM

You have me baffled with this nice jig.
What is it intended to do??

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Milo

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#6 posted 05-28-2009 08:58 PM

All the dust goes straight down I assume? Man, I gotta make one of those for myself (after all the other things I need first…. ;-)

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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majeagle1

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#7 posted 05-28-2009 09:39 PM

This is nothing less than “AWSOME”!!!!
I am sitting here just thinking of all the ways I could use this jig…........... just have to make one!

Great job and Welcome to LJ’s, the best site on the internet.

Thanks for sharing.

p.s. If I have any questions when I do build one, can I pm you?

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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Kent Shepherd

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#8 posted 05-28-2009 10:03 PM

Bob, so far I have used the jig for routing the adjustment slots like you see in picture #2 & #4
I also ran the angled dadoes in the dovetail key attachement in #4. I slotted an adjustment piece for a mortising jig I will show later. The piece was tiny, and I was able to do it safely with the T-slot clamps. It’s
kinda of funny how much I used the sled to finish the add on parts of the sled. I also used the router table to
finish the router table (How much sence did that make?) Hope this helps.

Milo, It depends on the cutter. I use my Festool dust collector plugged in the hole in the back, or in the port in the top of the fence

majeagle, Yes you can.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 05-28-2009 10:15 PM

Hey Kent
That’s another winner very top notch jig , If you run out off things to do there 10000 Plus Ljers who would love one lust like that.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Kent Shepherd

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#10 posted 05-28-2009 10:47 PM

Jim, Yeah right—- I’ll get a man right on it

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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Dusty56

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#11 posted 05-29-2009 12:26 AM

It looks nice , but other than using a long shanked straight or spiral bit , what can you do with it ? What does the mounted bearing bit pictured do ? Am I missing something here ? Please let me know .What is the jig attachment in the fourth picture and how is it used ? Thank you.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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GaryK

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#12 posted 05-29-2009 12:38 AM

Definitely versatile! Very nice job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Jim

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#13 posted 05-29-2009 12:53 AM

Ok, you’ve made me a believer in the track/slot! I can see lots of good ideas for it. Another excellent piece of work Kent!

-- Jim, www.greenteawoodworking.com

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Scott Bryan

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#14 posted 05-29-2009 02:02 AM

That is a gorgeous sled. At one time I would not have thought about doing a shop piece in anything other than 2x and plywood materials since it was “just for the shop”. But I have come to understand that you can build a shop piece that not only is functional but looks good as well.

Nice job on the sled.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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cabinetmaster

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#15 posted 05-29-2009 02:07 AM

Tremendous looking jig. How about sending the rest of us LJ’s some of those nice looking cutoff’s…........LOL

I can really see a use for that sled.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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