Miter Key Jig

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Project by Maveric777 posted 04-25-2010 03:39 AM 8789 views 116 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished up this little jig earlier today. Been wanting to incorporate miter keys into future projects so I threw this together. Nothing really to say about it… It basically is what it is.

I did use MDF for the majority of the project. Had a bunch of scraps laying around and figured “Why Not?” I also wanted some sort of handle that will keep my hands away from the blade while pushing the jig through the blade. That is just plywood and an old piece of a broke rake handle (glad I hung on to that…lol). I also added the old tape to the top as an extra cool little feature. My Father Inlaw dropped some cut off pieces of an old tape a while back and thought it would be a cool little perk to add on.

All in all this was very easy to make and it works “Perfectly” .... I was surprised…. Cough!... Cough! I mean I knew it would….lol

Thanks for checking it out.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 04-25-2010 03:51 AM

Nice looking jig. Making jigs is often more fun than the projects we make them for. Thanks for posting.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#2 posted 04-25-2010 03:59 AM

That is a good jig – Im familiar with miter key jigs that run along the rip fence. This is a different approach to the same operation.

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#3 posted 04-25-2010 04:18 AM

By trapping the jig in the mitre guide no movement…as can happen when sliding against the fence.
I also like the handle.. and the movable stop.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#4 posted 04-25-2010 04:26 AM

Nice jig and particularly well made. Congrats.

Finally I found someone who makes jigs as nice as mine!!! (LOL) All the fine details are there – even the screws are equally spaced. I like that.

Favorited. Thanks for sharing and posting. This one will definiteily be a must in my shop.



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#5 posted 04-25-2010 04:57 AM

Great job on the jig, very well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#6 posted 04-25-2010 04:59 AM

super jig well done

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 04-25-2010 06:08 AM

Thanks yall,

I do enjoy making jigs and customizing them to fit me and my needs. Gary is right … The jig can be just about (if not more) fun to make than what you are making it for… Weird…lol

Serge – I honestly laughed out loud when I read your comment. In fact I had to run get my bride to read it…. She too busted out laughing. Its a running joke with everyone I know about my issues with things having to be a “Certain” way…. My wife calls it me being anal. Most everyone else says I have OCD or something along that effect. I call it “Taking Pride In What I Put My Name On”.... OK… It may be me being anal as well…lol

Thanks for the kind words. Hope this helps inspire more cool jigs…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 04-25-2010 06:45 AM

Your jig makes a lot of sense.I like it. I just started making some boxes and knew i would need a spline jig. I just made one but I was not satisfied with it so I pitched it. I guess I need to do a bit more research to build one I like.

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#9 posted 04-25-2010 07:19 AM

even thow I never have had a Ts , I think you have made a very safe mitrejiig
and I like the way you have used the tape with the stop
it´s looking good, well done


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#10 posted 04-25-2010 10:14 AM

Nice jig, I like the handle and the way you used your old tape measure. Thanks 4 sharing.

-- 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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#11 posted 04-25-2010 01:50 PM

great looking, functional, and safe. what more could you ask for?

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#12 posted 04-25-2010 01:54 PM

great jig very well done, this is the best one i seen here.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#13 posted 04-25-2010 03:05 PM

Much nicer jig than mine going to use your ideas thanks

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#14 posted 04-25-2010 05:07 PM

Great job. Thanks for reminding me put ruler tape on mine. I hope that you get a lot of use out of it.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#15 posted 04-25-2010 06:35 PM

Very nice jig and I like the handle for safety , too. thanks for sharing. Now I have to get going on my sliding jig after seeing yours!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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