Table Saw Straight Edge Cutting Jig

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Project by ChunkyC posted 10-28-2009 04:52 AM 13958 views 44 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted in my Blog about how I make a Table Saw Straight Edge Cutting Jig. Well this is it. Nothing fancy at all. It’s 11” x 72” x 1/2” Baltic Birch Ply. A 5/8” dado down the length of the board 4” on center from the edge. 1/4” holes spaced every 2” apart. I used an edge cutoff that I had from an earlier cut to make the hold down dogs. I stole (borrowed) the knobs from the box joint jig.

All I do is set the fence to 11” strong and rip the edge. Now I have a straight edge to work with.

Thanks for reading.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#1 posted 10-28-2009 05:06 AM

Nice jig Chunk! Love the clamps!

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#2 posted 10-28-2009 07:17 AM

good jig

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#3 posted 10-28-2009 08:28 AM

Sweet and simple.

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#4 posted 10-28-2009 08:29 AM

SO far I’ve only double side taped my plywood cutting straight edge/guide to my piece of wood that I wanted to cut but I can see how can that become handy

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#5 posted 10-28-2009 10:26 AM

Cool, nice way to save money and not having to pay for a jig.

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#6 posted 10-28-2009 11:44 AM

That is a nice jig, Chunk.

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#7 posted 10-28-2009 01:17 PM

Great jig! Can’t wait to make and use!

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#8 posted 10-28-2009 01:48 PM

Should get plenty of use out of this jig if you buy rough stock lumber. Thank for the post Chuck

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#9 posted 10-28-2009 02:36 PM

Nice looking jig.

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#10 posted 10-28-2009 04:23 PM

Great jig. I plan on building one of these, too. Have you had any trouble using it with cupped boards? I worry about only using two hold downs.

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#12 posted 10-28-2009 07:11 PM


I typically flatten to board before I rip the edge. You could use it on a cupped board if it was minor. Too much cupping and warping could cause issues. As for only two clamps, two clamps is all that’s required. Works fine. You can add as many clamps as you want but you only end up adding more complexity.

The jig is made such that it will handle about a 5’-6” board, or there about.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#13 posted 10-29-2009 04:06 AM

I like your jig. Agreed, two clamps is all that you need.

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#14 posted 10-29-2009 04:10 AM

>> “I like your jig. Agreed, two clamps is all that you need.”

Ockham’s razor to the rescue.

I ripped the piece that I used used for the photo tonight and it was butta! Now I just need to joint the edges and she’s ready for … something? lol

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#15 posted 10-29-2009 05:06 AM

This will be of great value when I can get to making one. I’m finally digging into my rough sawn lumber. This will make sizing a lot easier. Thanks for the post, BTKS

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