|Project by mummykicks||posted 04-10-2016 10:52 PM||802 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
I’ve used the dowelmax extensively, and recently bought a jessem dowel jig because it appeared to offer some advantages. The dowel max works, but you have to use shims when you change part thickness, and the thumb screws come loose over time, are a pain to use. It does have an integral clamp which is good, and really the only thing lacking on the Jessem.
Anyway, got to playing around and finally came up with a jig that lets me use it without having to figure out how to clamp the thing or stand pieces up on end.
I had some scrap oak lying around and a few pieces of T-track. There are 1/4” holes in the jessem jig that they were kind enough to add that I used.
So the pieces being dowels are always flat on the workbench. The top of the jig is flush with the top of the bench.
When doing the through holes you mount the jig with the holes in the right angle piece that provides the reference edge, slide your piece in until flush and lower the jig and then use the knobs to tighten it down.
When doing the blind holes the T-studs and knobs get transferred to the plate with the drill bushings. Since the spacing is different, only 3 T tracks are necessary. The middle one is offset so you don’t drill into it when doing the through holes.
This is good for 3/4” stock/plywood, which is just about all I do. For thicker stuff I think you’d have to add a 3/4” piece and screw the jessem jig to it to ‘move’ the mounting holes down enough to reach the t-track.
I’m guessing some custom jaws in a front vise might also perform the same function.