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Project by tdv posted 05-31-2010 02:03 AM 2075 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thought you Guys & Gals might be interested in this little project I just finished I found it a pain trying to use dovetail & tenon jigs mounted on to a bench for one it’s too low to be comfortable & two it’ too limiting for board length I thought of using a box on top of the bench but when it’s not in use it’s just another thing to store I have limited space so I decided to build this it’s a comfortable elbow height of 43” mounted on locking castors, I can mount 2 jigs back to back fixed with hold downs & various hole spacing for the different jigs.There are shelves for accessories & work light & it now has it’s own power supply. I have a leigh jig (pictured) with Isoloc templates so the next thing is to devise some kind of carrier on the end panel to store them. It’s surprisingly stable, made from some old church oak mobile & saves a lot of space
Thanks for looking

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 02:23 AM

Wow, looks busy, but useful. I need to do something similar, but it also needs to be a router table.

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#2 posted 05-31-2010 03:47 AM

Looks like a good design especially if your space is limited good job trevor.

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#3 posted 05-31-2010 05:04 AM

Looks like a real handy setup. thanks for sharing!!

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

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 05:08 AM

I have to admit that I’m totally lost on this one…perhaps because I’ve never used the Leigh jig. With the router mounted above the table like that I’m guessing this is not a “router table” but something unique to this jig. What is the big black box opposite the router? Just when you thought you’d seen it all…

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 05:21 AM

Hi all – I’m with Ian on this one. Looks like an interesting tool, I see the dovetail jig below, but I still don’t understand what’s going on. I’ll ask the great gurgle machine. Is this something like a “multi-router?” that I’ve seen on TV?

-- Mark, Portland, OR - what's for dinner?

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#6 posted 05-31-2010 05:23 AM

Very neat setup, Trevor!

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

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#7 posted 05-31-2010 12:02 PM

That’s way too organised. With that in the shed you run the risk of being productive!

(Top job)

-- Daniel -

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#8 posted 05-31-2010 03:02 PM

Nice table you’ve got a lot going on with that rig.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 05-31-2010 05:34 PM

Ian & Blinky in answer to your questions, it’s basically a stand to mount dove tail jigs & my tenoning jig on (it’s not a router table) The unit with the router sat on top is a Trend mortice & tenon jig. The “black box” you mention is a small dovetail jig that I mounted back to back with my tenon jig so I don’t have to set up every time it’s all in one place & ready for use. The shelves below contain various cutters & accessories & the leigh dovetail jig which I use for dovetails & isoloc joints on wider boards the reason I made this was to sit the jigs higher so it was less fatigueing to work & I could work on longer boards to cut dovetails & tenons. Hope that makes it clearer.

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#10 posted 05-31-2010 06:12 PM

Very practical !

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#11 posted 06-01-2010 08:00 AM

That’s exactely what I need!

Can I borrow the idea?


-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 06-01-2010 09:30 AM

Yep you can certainly use the idea that’s what Lumberjocks is about if I can furnish you with any additional info let me know. although apart from enough table space to mount your jigs on for me the important number was the height A) for working on boards up to 44” B) Comfort. I measured from my elbow in bent position to the ground & that’s the number I came up with give or take ( remember the jig itself adds a couple of inches to the height , If you’re 6’ 6” tall it will obviously be more but for width & depth remember the stability issues. These particular dimensions are 43” height 44” wide top is 18” x 44”
Sides are12” x 42” & it sits on 2” locking castors & at that it’s very stable.
Good luck

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#13 posted 06-01-2010 11:21 PM

Thank You!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 06-18-2010 09:59 PM

This is great!

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