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Project by Tim Dorcas posted 01-21-2008 05:26 AM 4008 views 31 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After getting frustrated at using my Osborne EB-3 for miters I decided to make a miter jig. You can see the results in the middle picture. Everything worked great until I decided to add some scrap Walnut to the edges. Accuracy immediately went out of the window. I thought I would be able to save it somehow but if it’s not accurate what’s the point?

This weekend I decided to make another one. Looking around for base material I found a cabinet door that I had bought from IKEA for $2. It was smooth, strong and looked nice. When I made the last miter jig, I made a bunch of runners. This turned out to be a boon. 20 minutes later I had the runners attached to the base. After squaring up some plywood I was ready to go.

The last time I cut this, I did this with my EB-3 and I was off slightly. This time I decided to use my crosscut sled. Using my speed square as a brace, I managed to get a perfect cut. It was all down hill from there. This time I did not touch the edges! Some glue and screws and some brads, you can see the result. This sled is very accurate and used in combination with my shooting board, I can now get my miter joints perfect.

I think it’s a measure of where I am at as a woodworker that the jig is not only accurate but also reasonably pleasing to the eye.

-- www.craftedbytim.com - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & www.craftedbytim.com - I make. You buy.





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lclashley

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#1 posted 01-21-2008 05:32 AM

Nice looking jig. I just made one as well, not this nice though.

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Karson

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#2 posted 01-21-2008 05:43 AM

Nice looking jig.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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mot

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#3 posted 01-21-2008 05:49 AM

Sounds like my experience in building precision jigs. Can’t seem to leave well enough alone. It’s a genetic disposition to not wanting to leave anything on the table. I’m glad you came up with an accurate and equally attractive jig.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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GaryK

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#4 posted 01-21-2008 05:55 AM

Looks very functional. Good job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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rikkor

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#5 posted 01-21-2008 11:12 AM

If it cuts true, you’re there. Leave it alone. (Note to self—follow your own advice!)

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#6 posted 01-21-2008 12:51 PM

Looks like you are ready to cut some nice miters

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 01-21-2008 03:22 PM

looks like a good’un

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 01-21-2008 04:27 PM

Nice job. In addition to a panel cutter this is one of the most useful jigs for a table saw (at least in my shop).

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

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SPalm

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#9 posted 01-21-2008 08:08 PM

Looks good to me, but as you say, the cut is what counts.
I also like your dual zero clearance insert. Good idea.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 01-23-2008 10:56 PM

Nice jig once i get a chance I’m going to make one to

-- A. Molloy

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#11 posted 01-24-2008 12:18 AM

Nice jig Tim. Mine is similar, the only thing I would recommend is a holding mechanism on either side. I use toggle clamps which are very effective and quick to apply and release.
You can see what I mean in my blog
:http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/Grumpy/blog

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

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#12 posted 01-24-2008 01:04 AM

looks great but I also would want ot add hold downs.

-- making sawdust....

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#13 posted 04-21-2009 07:14 PM

Great jig

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#14 posted 02-09-2010 08:49 PM

nice looking and simple jig…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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