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Project by Bricofleur posted 09-01-2009 02:41 AM 3718 views 29 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As already mentioned, I was linked to LJ’s website by a friend who wanted to show me a shopmade Kirfmaker by Simon. After seeing several models on this site and the company’s video, I decided to make my own. While my tools were all set after making one, I decided to make several, for me and as gifts for my best woodworker friends.

I made mine out of 1” thick MDF because this material was readily available (I keep every scraps), is very stable and it kind of stick to itself (won’t slip). It also mills easily. I made two short 4” jigs, two 4½” medium jigs and a large 7” jig. To get a good range of coarse and fine adjustments, I drillled and tapped for 1½” #8-32 round head bolts. The large jig will be used for large kerfs (up to 5”) using the dado blade set. As someone did, I counterbored for the head of the carriage bolts. By the way, I made the rabbets at the router table and I capped the ends with pieces of 5/16”-thick HDF (glue and pin nails).

Those jigs should be handy in my basement workshop. Thanks for sharing Simon (and others).

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.woodpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com





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Karson

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#1 posted 09-01-2009 03:28 AM

Looks great. Some more to put in the favorites list.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 09-01-2009 03:48 AM

Cool idea for setting up dado blades.

-- Bob A in NJ

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#3 posted 09-01-2009 04:07 AM

Is the bolt in the end to set the offset?

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#4 posted 09-01-2009 05:36 AM

Bricofeur,
I made a similar version to your’s after looking at the video and and pictures. I see that you came up with a simple offset in the same manner that I used. I will be posting my pictures in a few minutes.

Al

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#5 posted 09-01-2009 06:24 AM

Looks good. 5” kerf is one heck of a dado!! :-))

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

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#6 posted 09-01-2009 06:34 AM

VERY NICE PROJECTS.

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

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#7 posted 09-01-2009 06:56 AM

looks good well done

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#8 posted 09-01-2009 01:56 PM

A great gift idea to fellow woodworkers!

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#9 posted 09-01-2009 02:22 PM

Sweet. I like the gift idea too.

A note about tapping MDF: if you put a couple of drops of Super Glue into the tapped hole, let it dry, and then re-tap, it will be as hard as nails.

Good Job,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Bricofleur

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#10 posted 09-01-2009 04:00 PM

Steve - Thanks Steve. Since I often work with MDF, I will try your Super Glue method.

David - Yes the bold sets the offset. Watch the last minute of the Bridge City Tool Works’ video to learn how to set this offset (the last method is very simple and is the one I like the most).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ6_S6lZKLI

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Best,

Serge

http://www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#11 posted 09-06-2009 05:51 PM

i like you method of using the bolt for adjustment – even better/easier/more accurate than using a fixed offset for each saw blade! very very nice.

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#12 posted 10-03-2009 07:20 AM

very cool

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#13 posted 02-10-2011 03:25 AM

cool present to your friends

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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