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Project by dewoodwork posted 11-29-2015 05:16 AM 2510 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this horizontal router jig from plans featured in an old issue of Shopnotes magazine vol. 12 issue 68. The jig excels at routing mortice and tenon joinery and slots for concealed hinges. The plan has quite a long list of hardware. I ordered some of the hardware on line and spent a couple hours rounding up the rest of the hardware items at local hardware stores. I did make a couple alterations and improvements on the plan including ball bearing slides for the table travel feature.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.





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NormG

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#1 posted 11-29-2015 06:48 AM

These are very useful and will be a great addition to your shop. I know someone who made one and has found many uses for it

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 11-29-2015 12:37 PM

Very nice build, would like to see it in action.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 11-29-2015 02:22 PM

Great build, I just read about one this month in woodsmith magazine I believe. Might have to make one. Looks great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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iminmyshop

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#4 posted 11-29-2015 04:34 PM

That looks like a really useful jig.
Which brand/model slides did you use?
Thanks for posting

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dewoodwork

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#5 posted 11-29-2015 07:59 PM



That looks like a really useful jig.
Which brand/model slides did you use?
Thanks for posting

- iminmyshop


Nothing special for the slides just some ball bearing full extension drawer guides I had laying around.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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dewoodwork

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#6 posted 11-29-2015 08:00 PM

More about this project. The lever you see moves the router box forward and back to plunge the bit into the workpiece. the table has movable stops to limit travel and rides on ball bearing slides. You move the table by grasping it and push/pull side to side. The original plan used a keyhole slot and pin to allow table travel. I scraped that part of the plan as it was not performing well and added the ball bearing drawer guides. setting up for a mortice relies on accurate layout lines on the work piece. the fence, table stop blocks and table travel stops give good accurate repetive cuts. you can also adjust the table heoght by turning a knob witch moves the upper portion of the opposing wedge shaped base. This is hands down the best jig I have in the shop when it comes to making mortices. It was a little expensive to build once you tally up the router, router plate wood and all hardware. I estimate about $450 total.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 11-29-2015 08:35 PM

That is a nice jig and will be a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#8 posted 11-30-2015 10:20 AM

Nice build. This will be great for a lot projects.

-- Thom CT.

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#9 posted 11-30-2015 12:16 PM

I realy like how metal parts fit with playwood. Excellent job.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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