Poker Chip Cove Jig

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Project by Jimboe posted 08-20-2011 03:15 AM 4029 views 35 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I make lots of poker chip boxes and the most time consuming single part is making the coves . Usually i take a long 2×10 piece of pine and run it length wise through the router table .Since my cases have rows that measure 6.5 inches i have to cut them down and glue them together to make a 500 case (10 rows) . Ive tried running cross grain with the router hand held with guides but with any bit of movement up or down the cove gets a dent (that means lots of sanding ) and even some times burns in the wood (those are harder to get out than the dents) I would have these problems sometimes on the table also but not as bad. Then one day i was on youtube and i saw some guy using a machine with his router that glides it down the length of the board .I was like yes i found the jig i will be making . First i had to figure what i was gonna use for the glide . I went into the shop and found two glides that are used for a TV armoir door and bam it hit me !!! This is what i came up with and let me say i love it !!!! no dings no burns just smooth coves !!!

hope someone can use the idea


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#1 posted 08-20-2011 03:53 AM

I am so glad that you posted this. I have been thinking of how to make a jig similar to this to make pen trays. I like the slide guides that you used. Thanks.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 08-20-2011 04:59 AM

Nice job on that jig. Necessity is the mother of invention!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-20-2011 05:13 AM

This is a very good idea and one that I will keep in mind when I need to level off my cutting boards since I don’t have a drum sander yet. Thanks for posting.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 08-20-2011 05:57 AM

Great solution indeed. Thanks for posting

-- Back home. Fernando

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#5 posted 08-20-2011 07:50 AM

Cool, this idea can be applied in several router or other machine operations. Like a flat cutting bit to level wide surfaces, like a bench top. Thanks for the idea. It’s stuff like this that keeps me coming back here almost every day.

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

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#6 posted 08-20-2011 12:28 PM

Wow, great idea. I’ll have to try making one too.

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 08-20-2011 03:25 PM

Instant favorite!
Will be making one for sure. You’re making LJ’s a more valuable site.

-- Jay in Changsha

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#8 posted 08-20-2011 06:44 PM

Great jig, do you make your cuts in increments now, and how do you advance the board, or is it on rollers
also? Kind of weird, the answers we are looking for are right in front of us most of the time, but it takes
someone else to show us where to start. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 08-20-2011 10:54 PM

Thanks everyone …im glad yall can use the idea (i know ive used many ideas from LJ’s)

Gus the board just slides underneath and held in place with wedge sticks . And yes i do run it 3 times per cove . I need to make a vacuum port to suck up the dust while using it . The wood dust gets in the ball bearings and makes it hard to glide . Right now i use my blower to KO the dust . I am thinking of making some kind of togle clamp to make clamping the board down easyer.

Autumn be sure to use a 1 5/8 ” box bit …perfect size for pokerchips =)

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#10 posted 08-21-2011 04:21 PM

Congrats! Inspiration certainly comes from desperation sometimes!

Great job – it does what you want it to do perfectly.


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#11 posted 08-22-2011 03:19 AM

Great jig, I like a lot!! I agree with Jim, necessity is the mother of invention!!

Thanks for sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 08-22-2011 03:25 AM

very very nice jig


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#13 posted 08-28-2011 03:40 AM

I can see thius adapted in multiple applications. Its all about the jigs. Thanks for sharing.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 03-08-2012 11:01 PM

Hi there JimBoe! Cool and practical jig as well as project. Who is the manufacture of the 1 5/8” core box bit you are using?



-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#15 posted 07-14-2012 08:13 PM

Jim, Great working jig and very nice work! I was going to make chip (poker) holder, but couldn’t figure out a way to do it. Thanx for the idea. I too love to work with tiger (curly, fiddleback) maple. The beauty of those shimmering stripes are amazing, aren’t they? The only problem is that they are getting harder and harder to find? That is a beautiful box, Jim.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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