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Project by MasterSergeant posted 06-04-2017 03:30 PM 1089 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A jig I made for making my Mission table lamps.

I received a very nice dado set for Christmas and just now had the opportunity to use it. The idea of combining the right number of blades and size to fit a two pieces of wood together was overwhelming to me.
I came up with a plan:
on each blade in the set I assigned a letter to. A,B,C…......
I combined blades and made a pass on my “storyboard” and annotated which blades I used.
I very carefully put all the different combination together and cut them in to the “storyboard”.
Now when I need to cut a dado for a piece of wood I first take the piece to my storyboard and determine which combination of blades best fits.

I think I originally got the idea from Tommy Silva on ‘This old House’ show yrs ago.

It works beautifully and eliminated a lot of test cutting.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 06-04-2017 04:02 PM

That is a handy looking accessory, one I should also do.

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MyHogany

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#2 posted 06-04-2017 07:43 PM

Nice idea… I’ll use it for my mission style lamps also :)

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papadan

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#3 posted 06-04-2017 08:21 PM

Nice setup jig, bet it took a long time to make!

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 06-04-2017 11:17 PM

Yep, I have one of those for each of my dado sets. They work great.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 06-05-2017 11:16 AM

This is a handy fixture for your shop. Nice work.

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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Grumpy

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#6 posted 06-05-2017 10:37 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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