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When is a Jig not a Jig?

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 06-27-2016 09:28 AM 2085 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When is a jig not a jig.. When it’s spelt gij (DOH!), and danced by a Scotsman.

On returning to my workshop after my gummy ankle, I couldn’t understand why I was creaking in my back, bruising my midriff by pushing on the workbench, had sore shoulders, sagging eyes and blurred vision…, then I sobered up.
Just gagging… I realised I was working on my full sized workbench and forgot I hid my mini-workbench before I undertook my previous project.

Having realised my dilemma and resurrected the mini-wb, I thought I might share this experience with our ever aging population (sorry you under 67s and the over 67s, I hope your as fit as I was when I was fit).
As we age and grow old(er) our bones start to creak and protest in proportion to how much abuse we inflicted when we couldn’t and wouldn’t give a toss. My mongrel bones are rebelling and refuse to heel.

One day I did one of those things I was warned not to do as a child and read an article in one of our local Churchill primary school’s magazines about a mini-workbench. Now being one of solid mind, I quickly realised that not everyone has the Churchill primary school’s magazine home delivered, so I will try to expand on my experience here.

I read about this mini-workbench and I believe there was a free plan attached to some Yankee magazine that sometime later became a subscribed appendix. Quick as Barry Allen, I imported the plans into SketchUp and decided to build the big jig (the title may now make cents… VISA deposit number is given on application). The SKP is available, however, you must surrender your private email address so I can DropBox U (don’t be too anxious otherwise I’ll have to try and find the model amongst my other models that the missus frowns upon). Unfortunately the photo build is sadly missing, however, the end result (and me walking upright – result.. no pictures) is attached in the gallery.

The mini-workbench is designed to sit on top of your normal workbench with clamping spots to ensure it’s as secure as your workbench. The advantage is that you can get at your workpiece from all directions and apply those slippery little sucker of clamps from either side (or end if appropriate). It has a generous perforation of dog holes that can be interspersed between your standard ¾” and that zany Festool offering of the magical American metric reject of 20mm (that past decision to stay Imperial, reeks of those bloody modern Poms latest decision... mark this date of End-of-June 2016... my conservative self funded pension plunged to Whoa! that timber is more expensive than it used to be).

The end clamp is a standard 17” (or maybe 15”, depends on your male bragging rights) quick release clamp with an ingenious pivot block to permit holding of non-parallel work pieces. Not my design, but forever one to plagiarise and I did supply the dowel which is the centre piece of the entire operation.

You can place the mini-workbench anywhere you can anchor on your workbench for ease of access, or if you are adventurous attach underneath for a challenging reach. When not in use it can be a handy second shelf on the workbench. When in the way, you can place it on the ground and use it as a foot rest under the workbench or something to keeps the hairs on your concrete from rising when frightened by bad woodworking practices.

The beauty of this piece is that you can now works at near eye level which save on the back and push it out of the way when you want to get serious. I find it ideal to anchor multiple clamping jigs and that warm cup of vino with minimal elbow bending to get it to my mouth.

If you can’t use one of these then you are not old enough to read this article…

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD





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crowie

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#1 posted 06-27-2016 10:30 AM

G’Day Alex, You sure do have one ubeaut shed sir…..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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bruce317

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#2 posted 06-27-2016 12:30 PM

I hope that isn’t a rubber Ducky in the vice. Nice mini bench.

-- Bruce - Indiana

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#3 posted 06-27-2016 12:51 PM

I dont know when a jig is NOT a jig … but here’s a cute one that should make you laugh !
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9G2HzHteg0

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htl

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#4 posted 06-27-2016 12:59 PM

I’ve seen these tables for years and never ever wanted one but I’m going to hit the 67 mark shortly and my old biker bones are calling me more and more some may need to make me one of those for sure, but won’t be nearly as pretty as yours.
O! and I also like that pivot point on the vice would come in handy on some of the stuff we’re building come lately. #4 #3 I was thinking the same thing but if it was a black duck it would serve it right!!!

That youngen may not be able to build a jig but he can sure do one. LOL

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Redoak49

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#5 posted 06-27-2016 01:26 PM

Great idea and interesting reading…

How to keep woodworking and accommodate the aching joints and bones is important for us older. I have to remember to grease some of my metal joints or they start making noise.

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bruce317

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#6 posted 06-27-2016 01:53 PM


#4 #3 I was thinking the same thing but if it was a black duck it would serve it right!!

- htl


LOL Good one #4!!

-- Bruce - Indiana

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 06-27-2016 02:14 PM

It looks like a pretty dang good idea, Duck.

Joe, those baby videos make me laugh.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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 06-27-2016 10:51 PM

Sooo cute! :)


I dont know when a jig is NOT a jig … but here s a cute one that should make you laugh !
.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9G2HzHteg0

- JoeinGa

@LittleBlackDuck: many times small jigs are great helpers. Here a big jig is an even greater help. Eyes and back don’t become better with the years. I know!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 06-27-2016 11:22 PM


I ve seen these tables for years and never ever wanted one …

- htl


Was my sentiment exactly a few years ago. I initially thought the article was just published to fill space. However, after building it I use it probably 90% of the time and especially for the T&J builds and the ingenious clamping block/pyramid addition which is great for any vice. It’s a pain when I have to move it to do some serious work but that is getting less and less and the missus is young enough to lift it off the bench for me.


... Eyes and back don t become better with the years. I know!

- muesli

Just posted this as most of us have seen it and considered it but never bothered to make one. It won’t make you younger but will make you not feel older.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 06-27-2016 11:48 PM


... I m going to hit the 67 …

- htl

#4, Seeing as how I have hit 67 which in my maths makes me a tad older than you (and your senior), be glad I didn’t call my son Bruce..., otherwise you’d have to change your name to #5... Jury’s still out on #3 and the +1..

#4 #3 I was …!

- htl

LOL Good one #4!!

- bruce317


And as for #7, sheesh we’ll need a rebirth of Ptolemy or Capernicus!!


I hope that isn t a rubber Ducky in the vice…

- bruce317


OUCH! No wonder my tool is too short…

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 06-27-2016 11:52 PM


.. and my old biker bones are …

- htl


Talking about your biker bones... watch this space (you may occasionally sleep though)..

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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bruce317

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#12 posted 06-28-2016 12:03 AM

Ducky,
I understand the jury being out still on #3. The jury wants to know also, if that is a rubber ducky in the vice?

-- Bruce - Indiana

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Pjonesy

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#13 posted 06-29-2016 05:14 AM

Great idea LBD. Can I suggest that you should be able to get the height just right so you could sip that “vino” through a straw that way you could continue working while you drink.
Maybe it is something I should think about now that I have reached the magic 70, the vino I mean not the bench.

-- Peter New Zealand

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LittleBlackDuck

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#14 posted 06-29-2016 05:47 AM


... height just right …

- Pjonesy


No need to take measurements, my next project is to work on an intraVINOus drip.

Age has nothing to do with it but more so pride. Seriously, if/when you build one (bench) and buy (vino) you’ll wonder how you left home without it.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 07-01-2016 11:37 AM


.. and my old biker bones are …

- htl

Talking about your biker bones... watch this space (you may occasionally sleep though)..

- LittleBlackDuck


I did promise...

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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