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Project by Kristoffer posted 1592 days ago 2882 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at making a jig for my shop. I know that it isn’t much compared to most of the jigs on LJs, but I’m kind of proud of it. Mostly, because it is still around. I don’t know how many times I was tempted to throw it against the wall. It was quite a pain to keep things square and in line while drilling and screwing everything together. Ignore the extra holes, they were supposed to be there for looks but I didn’t feel like matching ‘em on both sides:-) The sled will be getting a test run soon.

The fact that I thought that it was going to be simple should have been enough to make me realize that it was going to be a pain in the butt. That’s how my brain works…. If I think that something is going to be simple, it turns out to be a pain. If I think that something is going to be hard, I stress about it, talk myself into doing it and it usually ends out being a lot easier than I thought.

I welcome all positive criticism. Fiiiiiiine, I welcome the constructive stuff as well.

-- Cheers and God Bless





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 1592 days ago

Excellent job. I have one very similar (yours is much fancier). If you do what I did and extend the cut all the way to the rear of the sled, it will also work great for crosscutting small pieces.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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stefang

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#2 posted 1592 days ago

Nice jig Kristoffer. You can also use it on a router table to make dovetail keys. Just rout a slot besides the saw kerf.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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SteveMI

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#3 posted 1592 days ago

Makes me want to build another jig. Good job.

I’d consider removing the two screw closest to the blade, they really look close from the picture.

Steve.

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Kristoffer

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#4 posted 1592 days ago

I knew that I shouldn’t have welcomed the constructive criticism. Now I have all of this good advice and I’m going to have to spend more time in the shop….. Oh darn;-)

-- Cheers and God Bless

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#5 posted 1592 days ago

I can’t tell for sure, but there appear to be screws not too far above the saw blade (hopefully those are blank countersunk holes). If those are, in fact, screws, I would be somewhat worried about sawing into the screw thus ruining a blade. On such jigs, I usually intend to keep screws at 3” or above the jig deck, thus making sure I don’t screw up costing me a saw blade. Otherwise, looks great – nice job!

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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559dustdesigns

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#6 posted 1592 days ago

I’ve got to try this, looks like a very useful jig.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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bigike

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#7 posted 1592 days ago

good jig, as for the extra holes it’s only a jig so it don’t matter. you actualy need one more to hang it if your gonna hang it anyway. you might want to try to make it so that the 90 deg. part comes off easy so you have a nice crosscut sled too just to save space, but as long as it works for one splines or crosscuts it’s fine.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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patron

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#8 posted 1592 days ago

i would say ,
it is probably the best jig
you have made yet !

you learned allot ,
it works ,

que bueno !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 1592 days ago

Nice work

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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donjoe

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#10 posted 1592 days ago

Nice jig. Very useful.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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Kristoffer

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#11 posted 1592 days ago

While I really, really do appreciate everyone’s concern about the blade hitting the screws, the blade is set (as you can see in the 5th pic) to hit just left of the upright, missing the screws and their heads. And when I throw a dado stack on the TS, all blades and chippers will also go out of range of the screw heads.

Ike: I have another cross cut sled. When I bought the table saw, the guy threw in a sled and a few other perks to sweeten the deal. BUT, I am thinking about moving the key cut to the far rear so that I can use this sled for smaller cross cuts. My other crosscut sled is bigger and bulkier and this one would be much better for smaller cuts.

Mike: Don’t put the dovetail ahead of the dovehead. I’m very far away from dovetail keys. I haven’t even tried my first miter key yet. I built this jig so that I could throw some keys on a pet urn that I’m making for my girlfriend. We’ll see how they turn out before I move on to dovetail keys.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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alaskan79

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#12 posted 1592 days ago

Looks good hope it works as good as it looks. I have parts coming for a tenon jig that I am going to make. It is going to have t-slots in it. Plus I can clamp it to a drill press table to use it to hold parts to do some deep holes.

Henry

-- alaskan79, Michigan

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Maveric777

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#13 posted 1592 days ago

Looks good. I’m going to need one soon myself. Hope mine turns out as well as yours…. Good job!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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DaddyZ

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#14 posted 1592 days ago

Nice Sled !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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richgreer

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#15 posted 1592 days ago

This looks like an excellent sled.

I have a bad habit of slapping something together in a hurry when I need a special jig. I did that to make a sled for miter joints once and ended up with a piece of junk. It is a much better idea to take your time and make a quality sled/jig once. I need to make one of these when I am not in a hurry.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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