First project post! Thin strip rip guide.

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Project by FoolsLairWoodworks posted 02-20-2011 01:18 PM 3629 views 20 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 02-20-2011 02:39 PM

Looks great! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#2 posted 02-20-2011 03:18 PM

Nice job! These are great. I use mine a lot.

Welcome to aboard, Jim!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 02-20-2011 03:57 PM

Jim, not only is this ripping jig functional but it looks pretty good as well. I have been meaning to build on of these as well and yours certainly is an inspiration to get started.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-20-2011 04:06 PM

Fine work Jim. That jig will last for years to come.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#5 posted 02-20-2011 06:06 PM

Nice tool, I had planned on making one but Rockler had it on sale and couldnt pass it up. Nice job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 02-20-2011 06:24 PM

Boy O Boy, if that isn’t one of the best uses for stuff you had laying around, nothing is!
That looks nicer then a lot of expensive ones I’ve seen for sale.
I’m happy to see there are more guys with “junk boxes” hiding stuff we’ll actually come back and use from time to time. LOL
I have an old ceiling exhaust fan on my bench right now begging to be taken apart for scrap parts.
Nice work Jim.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#7 posted 02-20-2011 06:49 PM

Eric, poor folks got poor ways… I keep “almost” anything and everything. Cannot afford to go to the store and get all new stuff every time. Besides, we need to keep as much stuff out of the trash as we can. It is not often I forget what I have stashed….

-- Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Refurbish.... Yeah, I run one of the local No Kill Wood Shelters. Thanks, Jim Root, Bolivar MO

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#8 posted 02-21-2011 02:59 AM

very nifty accessory to have…............ I need to make one :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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