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Project by kiefer posted 04-24-2012 02:28 AM 9659 views 37 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a very easy jig for the band saw to cut these small and skinny pieces using a pattern .
I set the blade flush with the edge of the jig and the pinned on pattern follows the jig nicely producing a work piece which requires very little sanding and I have no grain blowout .
I find it easier to cut these small curved pieces on the band saw using this jig, then finishing them on the sander rather then routing with a pattern and sanding .I cut one piece and sand them and then split them into two identical pieces .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 04-24-2012 02:41 AM

Guess I’m a little slow. not quite getting the how too. Guess I need a little more instruction with the pictures? :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 04-24-2012 02:46 AM

Very cool Idea well done.

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#3 posted 04-24-2012 02:55 AM

Great idea!

-- Ryan

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#4 posted 04-24-2012 03:00 AM

Thomas take look at the jig pictures ,all it is is a curved top board with a shim block to match the thickness of the work piece .The blade is set flush with the open side of the jig or just slightly less to keep the blade from cutting into the pattern .

The pattern is pinned or somehow fastened to the work piece and is guided along the edge of the jig .
The work piece blank slides under the top jig board and the pattern slides along the top jig board edge.

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 04-24-2012 03:43 AM

great idea i will make one for my bandsaw

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#6 posted 04-24-2012 07:26 AM

Thank you for this idea, Kiefer. It looks great.

-- Douwe

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#7 posted 04-24-2012 07:47 AM

Always thinking router for such task, don’t know why not the band saw, but now I should give it a go.
Nice reminder Kiefer, looks cool.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#8 posted 04-24-2012 09:43 AM

I have seen a commercial jig similar but this is simpler.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 04-24-2012 12:07 PM

nice. I feel safer doing stuff on the bandsaw vs the router table anyway. Not to mention, i have to get out my router table every time i want to use it.

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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#10 posted 04-24-2012 12:57 PM

great idea i will make one for my band saw been wanting one but just did not know what to make or how one looked thank you for the post

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#11 posted 04-24-2012 02:28 PM

That’s friggin ingenious!

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#12 posted 04-24-2012 03:06 PM

This is one of those things that is so simple to make, that I never seem to take the time to do it. I’ve had a plan for a version of this jig stuck in my workbook for 15 years, and haven’t taken the time to “get around tuit”. The simple things always seem to work best. Good job and thanks for the post. Maybe I’ll get inspired.

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#13 posted 04-24-2012 03:45 PM

It took me a couple times reading through the post to figure it out myself.
It is fairly ingenious.
Now, I’m wondering if this works upside down with the pattern below the workpiece.
That way, the thickness of the part can vary without creating fitment issues with the jig.

Way to think outside the box.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#14 posted 04-24-2012 04:20 PM

Even when you use this bandsaw jig, you can leave the pattern on and clean up the cutline on the router table. It really works slick because the amount removed by the router is consistent. I avoid end grain during the routing portion for safety reasons.
Ever use carpet tape instead of brads to attach the template to the workpiece? They have some nice carpet tape at Lowes.
Nice tip thanks.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#15 posted 04-24-2012 07:24 PM

Great job, thanks for sharing

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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