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Super Simple Router Planing Jig

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Project by rmac posted 04-23-2011 08:05 PM 8710 views 28 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a router planing jig that’s just about as simple as they come. Unlike many jigs that rely on some sort of track to guide the jig, this thing just slides around on top of your (already flat) workbench or assembly table. Check my blog for a more detailed writeup.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/





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David

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#1 posted 04-23-2011 08:20 PM

This is awesome, way to think outside the box!

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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Jeffery Mullen

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 03:45 AM

I will be using this jig down the road when I build one. Thanks so much for sharing. I have seen many jigs that others have built and I keep copies of them in a folder for some day to build as well . Why pay a high price at the store for a jig when we can get ideas from each other. On my to do list jig will be a dowel making jig. I can make a dowel with any kind of wood and up the size of 2” in debts. It takes a router and a router table and a hand held drill and a block of wood cut out at the bottom for the router blade to come up through . A in feed and a out feed to the block of wood that is clamped to the router table. A board the size of the dowel will be feed through the hole with it setting in the hand drill chuck. As you feed the board with the drill going through the block jig a dowel comes out the other side of the feed hole. Any ways I will be using lots of dowels soon and will save $$$ with this dowel making jig. Take care my friend Jeff M.

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BTKS

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#3 posted 04-24-2011 07:28 AM

NOW that’s simplicity in action. I’m putting this one in my memory banks for future use. Thanks for the idea.
BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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FiremanJim

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#4 posted 04-24-2011 10:00 AM

Very nice idea indeed. My workbench is an 8’ section of old bowling lane so it is perfect for this project. I will be making my own soon.

-- "Creating sawdust since 1979"

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rmac

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#5 posted 04-24-2011 06:00 PM

@FiremanJim: You’re right … a section of bowling lane would be perfect for this jig. I think the jig would also work well just on a piece of MDF or something as long as the MDF was supported so that it didn’t sag.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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bigike

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#6 posted 04-24-2011 06:05 PM

very cool!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 04-24-2011 07:04 PM

Russ, very good! Nice way to skin a cat isn’t it?

Not too long ago, I made a jig/fixture to do pretty much the same thing.

It works pretty good… but, don’t use it very much…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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rmac

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#8 posted 04-24-2011 08:00 PM

@Joe: Same idea, for sure, and your jig is much prettier than mine! I wonder, though, if you have trouble with flex in the long metal rods?

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 04-24-2011 08:28 PM

They seem to be very strong… have not noticed any flex at all…

Most of the time, there is not that much space between them…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Monkeyshines

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#10 posted 04-26-2011 02:56 AM

Nice idea. I think I’ll be making one for my shop! Good work!

-- Monkeyshines

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itsmic

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#11 posted 04-29-2011 05:23 PM

I like it, Simple is many times the best solution, cost affective jigs rule in my world, I’ll keep this one in mind when I need to make one for my own, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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JohnnyDust

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#12 posted 08-16-2011 06:45 PM

Now that’s most decidedly a fine idea! You’ve got me the thinking…...

-- I'm not crying... That's dust in my eyes!

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 08-16-2011 07:09 PM

Yep… the Router is a very valuable addition to any Shop…

You can do a lot with one… or many… :)

I really enjoy using my routers… I like the table the best…
... but using the small Colt trim router is fun too… and sometimes you just can’t get everything up on a ‘Table” to route! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Grumpy

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#14 posted 10-01-2012 12:44 AM

I have just the job for your jig rmac. I am making one today.
Thanks for the heads up.

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

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