Flush Trimming Router Jig

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Project by Boaz posted 2434 days ago 5395 views 14 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After experimenting a little with covering plywood edges using hardwood recently, I faced the problem of how to make the hardwood edges flush with the plywood. I tried using my block plane, but that didn’t work out that well, so I looked up for a solution on the web. Here is the one I liked:

It wasn’t too hard to build, even for a novice like me, and it gave me a chance to practice some router skills.

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#1 posted 2434 days ago

I like that, and it looks so easy to build. I think there should be a “JIGS” page in here.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 2434 days ago

Great looking jig! I love simle jigs. They always seem to be the best.

Bradford: we had this conversation already. I guess for now we will use a “Jig” tag.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#3 posted 2434 days ago

Fine looking jig.

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#4 posted 2433 days ago

Nice Job.. Have you had a chance to try it out?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 2433 days ago

Thanks guys.

Chris, yes I have. It worked out as expected even though it’s still not fault proof. The router will not tip by itself, but the whole platform will, unless you press the handle carefully against the workpiece at all times. I routed into my hardwood edge at one point because of that.

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#6 posted 2432 days ago

Thanks for the tip Boaz.

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

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#7 posted 1624 days ago

That seems really tricky to hold on to. You have to press one hand against the jig and the other on the router and make sure the pressure on the router doesn’t overpower the hand on the jig as you slide it down the edge. Its probably ten times easier to epoxy an angle iron to the edge with a spacer strip (for clearance) and clamp the whole thing to the board as shown in my sketchup below. Just make sure your clamps don’t get in the way of the router bit. The good thing about this is that w/ a flush trim bit, its pretty hard to mess this up. The bit can only pivot away from the trim.

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