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Mortise router jig (Festool style)

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Project by mafe posted 02-22-2012 04:32 PM 7780 views 33 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mortise router jig
Festool style…

Sometimes friends ask me; ‘what is it you do in that workshop MaFe’, I scratch my neck and say; ‘mostly tools to make tools or jigs to make jigs’...

This project is one of those.

A jig for my router so I can make mortises and I needed it for another jig so it was why it was made at this time.

The jig can be made from a thin piece of ply and some scrap wood also, but I had some plexi and alu profiles so I made it in ‘Festool style’ to match my router.

The principal is so simple I guess it needs no explanation, but feel free to ask.
Remember there are no stupid questions only stupid answers.

Pictures:
1. Jig in action…
2. Materials, Plexiglas and an alu profile.
3. Holes Four screws and wing nuts hold it together.
4. Center the bit over the mortise and tighten the screws.
5. Like so.
6. You can add clamps on the wood as stops before you route.

Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best thoughts,

MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.





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Brandon

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#1 posted 02-22-2012 04:44 PM

Great post, Mafe. I have a piece of plexy glass just waiting for such a project. Now all I need is a router that plunges!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Ampeater

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#2 posted 02-22-2012 04:49 PM

Looks great, but what is the purpose of the small plastic piece that is attached with two screws?

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#3 posted 02-22-2012 04:50 PM

Another super jig well done Mad

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-22-2012 05:01 PM

very nice jig, i love the simplicity of it and i do like the choice of materials, as you said, it looks good with the router…now lets see some saw dust mafe….......what ya gonna make…something with some mortises i hope…i bet it will be beautiful…hope your feeling well and doing ok…my heart goes out to you …grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 02-22-2012 05:04 PM

mads made morticing machine

a jig-it to rig -it

but the question still lingers
and we cross our fingers

what will he make
that we can all take

back to the shop
and share in his joy

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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superstretch

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#6 posted 02-22-2012 05:05 PM

Nice jig!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#7 posted 02-22-2012 05:35 PM

“‘mostly tools to make tools or jigs to make jigs”

This statement would be funny if it weren’t true Mads. You are LJ’s tool making supremo. Lot of folks make tools, but your tools are not only well designed for the jobs they do, but like this one, they also look wonderful. I am always looking forward to what you will come up with next.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 02-22-2012 07:58 PM

Nice jig Mafe.

Very well built.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 02-22-2012 08:01 PM

Nice Jig, I hope you get a lot of use from it

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#10 posted 02-22-2012 08:21 PM

“Remember there are no stupid questions only stupid answers.”
————-My motto is that there are no stupid questions, only stupid people who ask questions.
Nice jig.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 02-22-2012 08:26 PM

Nice job—I know what you mean when you say you make “tools to make tools and jigs to make jigs.” I often find myself in the same position. But, I really enjoy it!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#12 posted 02-22-2012 08:40 PM

That’l get the job done just fine Mads, love the wee verse David

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 02-22-2012 10:02 PM

Hey Mads! You’re right, this looks like a jig day, on both sides of the ocean! I particularly like this one. I noticed the fancy aluminum channels you used. I think using standard aluminum T-track would work as well. I’ll try it.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#14 posted 02-22-2012 10:44 PM

Thanks Mads, great work!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#15 posted 02-22-2012 11:30 PM

super jig Mads. (can I call u Mads?0 very kool to use see thru. very simple, very effective, very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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