|Project by FoolsLairWoodworks||posted 02-20-2011 01:18 PM||2813 views||19 times favorited||8 comments|
Good evening to all of LJ! Since this is my first project post, I thought I better post something I made after seeing it on here and being inspired. I studied all the ones on here I could find and then went to the shop and scrounged around for what materials I had.
I wanted to make it look nice so I grabbed some walnut. I have lots of small walnut scraps…lots and lots of small scraps. The white runners are some of that super slick, super dense plastic. I think this stuff is called HDPE but I am not sure on that. Anyway, I have a glut of this stuff, too. Found a large amount of this stuff in a scrap pile a couple of years ago and knew it would be great for jigs and even patterns. It works just as easy as wood. I dug in my junk boxes and found the large five point knob and the stove bolt it is mounted on. I also found the bearing which is press fitted onto the bolt and the lock nut. This came off of an old glider rocker I took apart for parts. I have three more if I want to make another jig. I also already had the tri point knobs. The only thing I had to buy is the two machine screws for tightening the split runner.
The miter slot runner not only looks narrow, it is narrow. I have a Hitachi job site table saw. It uses a very narrow, non standard miter gauge. It is only about 1/2” wide. Not the normal 3/4”. I could have used this jig to cut this… Luckily I have a 1/4” wide push stick and I am very cautious cutting narrow stock. This jig will make it much, much easier and safer. I mounted it to the bottom of the jig with short countersunk drywall screws.
The adjustment stove bolt is countersunk into the bottom board and the adjustment runners are secured with short drywall screws countersunk in the bottom board.
I used a dado set for the dados in the top and bottom for the adjustment runners. It is a 6” Skill dado set from Lowe’s. $49 + tax. It works for me ‘cause I rarely use it.
This jig is probably not nearly as “accurate” as many I have seen here on LJ. I do not need something that is good down to a ten thousandth of an inch. When and IF I ever get a saw that I will need more accuracy on, I will do something better. Until then, I will be proud of this one.
Sorry this post is lengthy. I just try to explain stuff as good as I can. I know I sometimes have a hard time figuring out how to do some of the project posts because of the very short or non-existent descriptions. We have all been new to this “sport”. I just hope my lengthy explanation can help someone new.
Thanks to you all! jim
-- Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Refurbish.... Yeah, I run one of the local No Kill Wood Shelters. Thanks, Jim Root, Bolivar MO