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Project by jm82435 posted 03-12-2008 05:14 AM 2657 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Do you remember the Leigh Iso-lock jig I wanted? l really liked the look of the joint. I couldn’t justify buying it. I drew it up and a friend who has a CNC mill in his garage cut the pattern out of aluminum for me. I was supposed to make him a riser for his Gerstner machinist chest in trade for it. To make a long story short: he decided his wife needed a jewelry box more than he needed the riser so I built her one instead. Meanwhile I got to keep the riser!

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#1 posted 03-12-2008 05:18 AM

Great looking job. You know I bought that isoloc template years ago and I still haven’t use it.

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

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#2 posted 03-12-2008 05:18 AM

Sounds like a good trade to me. You got the mill, some shop time, built a gorgeous jewelry box and brightened his wife’s day. What is not to like about this story.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 03-12-2008 05:29 AM

CNC in Garage, what do you think he would charge for a copy on that jig,
as he already has the plan. I might be interested in purchasing one.
Looks like it worked well for you.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#4 posted 03-12-2008 09:36 AM

Sounds like a win-win deal to me. I really like the joint that it creates and of course the jewelry box looks great too.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 03-12-2008 12:43 PM

That really makes an interesting joint. Both projects look good.

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#6 posted 03-12-2008 05:22 PM

GaryCN, look at the Flickr link. It is a low tech solution. I square it up using a framing square, clamp and rout the tails. I then screwed it to a 2X4 then clamped the 2X4 to the stock to machine the socket. Sorry, I didn’t take a picture of that operation. Anyway you can see the jig is thicker than it needs to be (I would rather not have to hang the router bit out so far). I have been thinking of making another one using this one as a master and pattern cutting (flush trim bit) in thinner material (~ 1/4”). This would also minimize my chances of damaging this one with use. I haven’t decided what to make the copy out of. Any Ideas?

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#7 posted 06-22-2009 11:57 PM

how about phonelic or acrilic plastic.i to would be interested in purchasing realy did a nice job on that chest.

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#8 posted 06-23-2009 01:15 AM

Nice joint. A great looking riser.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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