small stock ripping jig

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Project by juniorjock posted 02-13-2008 03:28 AM 7356 views 23 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here it is folks…... the one you’ve all been waiting for…..... Just kidding. I’ve been putting off making this jig for a while and the time came when I needed it, so I made it. I have made some modifications to the jig since I took these photos. To begin with, I moved the knob to the other side…. (duh) and I replaced the piece that holds the stock down with something a bit larger.

NOTE TO SELF:........ When using small stock ripping jig….. install zero clearance insert on table saw….. BAMM! I never did find that piece of wood. But I was standing to the side so I was able to avoid it…. It’s all about learning.

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#1 posted 02-13-2008 04:03 AM

I’ll make one of those this weekend. Thanks.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#2 posted 02-13-2008 06:15 AM

Sweet!, I got to make one too!

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#3 posted 02-13-2008 07:16 AM

Thanks for sharing Junior. What about a blog on how you did it & how it works?.

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

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#4 posted 02-13-2008 12:01 PM

Nice jig. I know exactly what you mean about the zero-clearance insert.

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#5 posted 02-13-2008 01:23 PM

Nice jig.

-- Jiri

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#6 posted 02-13-2008 03:33 PM

Hey JJ, Nice jig.

Yup, that small strip can fall into a normal insert. And it can lift off and become airborne. A simple splitter is highly recommended behind the blade. I try to always clamp another block (not as tight as a feather board) at the back of the fence to keep the strip from lifting.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 02-13-2008 06:19 PM

I’ve been procrastinating on making something like this and I really should just do it. I’ve been using push sticks with the small stuff and scaring myself half to death every time.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 02-13-2008 07:27 PM


Have you thought about having the offcut fall away from the blade rather than being trapped between the blade and the fence? Several other jocks have posted jigs that help to accomplish this with safety and repeatablity.

Here is Blake's jig
and David's jig.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 02-13-2008 07:41 PM

Yes Douglas I see what you’re saying. This isn’t the safest way to cut wood. I was using this jig to rip stuff I already had laying around. I don’t plan on using it too often…. just when I have to. Even with this jig, it’s not good to have the blade that close to the fence. Thanks for the links…... Safety First.

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#10 posted 05-23-2008 06:58 PM

Well done. I have a variation of this, but your’s looks a bit more functional. Mine rides the fence, but lacks the slot for adjusting. I will definitely make your push block arm when mine gets chewed up.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#11 posted 05-23-2008 10:30 PM

nice looking jig.
I need to build something like this as well.

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#12 posted 02-11-2009 06:52 AM

I like it… I’m making the GrrrRipper jig right now and have though about what you’ve posted here as an addon for it.

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#13 posted 02-11-2009 01:33 PM

Thanks David. I finally ended up buying the GrrrRipper. It’s a lot safer than anything I’ve tried. That jig I made did ok, but you have to be very careful while using it. It’s not one of the safest jigs in the world that’s for sure.
- JJ

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#14 posted 05-14-2009 07:51 PM

Amazingly efficient and well thought out jig. I really need one of these and will use your idea.
You are a jig master!

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#15 posted 05-14-2009 07:54 PM

well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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