Thin-Strip Jig & Alignment Gauge Combo Prototype

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Project by Jack Barnhill posted 01-27-2010 04:47 AM 5002 views 35 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Peeling back the onion another layer. To build my taper jig, I needed to cut a runner to fit in the miter track and guide the taper jig. I started to pull out my thin-strip jig that I made some time ago but decided that I should first install the PALS Contractor Saw Alignment System and align the blade to the miter track and then align the fence.

I have a dial gauge with a magnetic base but, after trying several configurations, I could not get the base positioned right to check the alignment of the blade. It finally came to me that I already had the thin-strip jig that fit the miter track so I mounted a holder for the dial gauge onto the thin-strip gauge and, while it’s not the perfect configuration, it worked really well for the purpose.

I plan to refine the design and make a better one. I’ll be sure to post it when I get it made.

EDIT: Lee noticed that I do not have a splitter in the pictures. Good catch, Lee. I normally do have the ZCI with a splitter in when ripping but, when I decided to take the pictures, I had the saw set up for the cross-cut sled and forgot to change the ZIC for the pictures.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#1 posted 01-27-2010 04:49 AM

Looks good Jack,Think thin!

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#2 posted 01-27-2010 04:50 AM

nice work, i have to make one

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 04:55 AM

Hi Jack;

Funny how nothing is ever easy, huh. Where’s your splitter?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 06:23 AM

another great looking and useful jig…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#5 posted 01-27-2010 09:38 AM

Cool! Nicely done. I use mine all the time. You are going to love it.

I thought you might be interested in seeing mine too:

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-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 01-27-2010 05:10 PM

Great Idea
I alway like jigs that have multiple uses.
Mine is a combo of a thin strip jig and a feather board.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#7 posted 01-27-2010 06:39 PM

Nice jig.
Jack and Blake,
I saw a nut at the tip of that jig, what is it for. I’ve seen a jig like this shown by a member of ww forum, (can’t remember which forum ), he mounted a bearing as the tip of the jig.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 01-28-2010 01:06 AM

Blake – That’s a nice looking jig too. I opted not to put the ruler mine and just measure the clearance from the bearing to the blade.

Bruce – The feather board is a great idea. I already have a few factory made ones so I probably won’t make another. ON the other hand maybe I will just to extend the combo capabilities.

masrol – The nut on the tip of the jig is for the bolt that holds the bearing to the jig.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#9 posted 01-28-2010 03:15 AM

Yea, I never use the ruler anyway. But it looks cool!

-- Happy woodworking!

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