My jig for the Stumpy Jig Contest

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Project by WoodworkingGeek posted 05-31-2012 04:47 PM 7389 views 38 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my jig for the contest. I call it the wood jack jig.The jig is used for supporting a work piece that sits on top of the wood that is clamped in a vice, like when tracing the tails of a dovetail to the pin board. Its nicer than trying to adjust the work to you hand plane since you adjust the jig to the work piece! Or you could use it when drilling and screwing in a butt joint! The jig is not complicated to make. I got the idea from shopnotes. I just used scrap around the shop. This is a great time to use those small pieces of ply that you don’t want to throw out! I used 3/4’’ pine ply for all the parts. The little knob is for locking everything down. I didn’t have a plastic knob so I just made my own! Gave it a sand put some polly on it along with some wax and it’s done! If you need to support some extra large wood you can make more than one.
I love this jig, I think it’s a real time saver!

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#1 posted 05-31-2012 04:52 PM

That is a great idea… beats stacking small pieces of wood (that either fall or get knocked over). Thanks for posting!

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#2 posted 05-31-2012 05:23 PM

Let Stumpy know. Nice and simple. I might have used some plastic handled knobs but maybe they would be too big?

Interesting that we have all this ‘good wood” laying around? :-)

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#3 posted 05-31-2012 06:59 PM

Oh yea. I could see where this could come in handy. Nice

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#4 posted 05-31-2012 07:38 PM

i like this jig ,very handy indeed

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#5 posted 05-31-2012 10:59 PM

What a COOL jig….shop here I come!

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#6 posted 05-31-2012 10:59 PM

Good idea—I can see using that behind my Leigh dovetail jig.

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#7 posted 06-01-2012 02:41 AM

I think you are onto something here. If the “elbow” could raise and lower a small platform, say 4”x4” or so, just a few inches and keep it level, I bet you would have a marketable jig. Of course, the average DIY would copy it for their shop, por ejemplo Kerfmaker, doh.

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#8 posted 06-01-2012 03:05 AM

Very innovative idea!

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#9 posted 06-01-2012 05:18 AM

Great thinking! Nice jig.
Guess I will see it in action overhere in a short time.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Douwe

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#10 posted 06-01-2012 10:14 AM

Congrats on #1 and the badge!

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#11 posted 06-01-2012 12:11 PM

Great idea, nice jig

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#12 posted 06-01-2012 12:52 PM

Awesome idea, add it to my list!

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#13 posted 06-01-2012 01:17 PM

For the dovetail marking, without a platform, it works even if the top of the other board is not perfectly horizontal (assuming the worbench is horizontal).

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#14 posted 06-01-2012 01:45 PM

I can’t think of a single reason not to make a couple/few of those when I get home tonight.

Thanks for posting it. o/

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#15 posted 06-05-2012 03:01 AM

Cool Jig, LJs are pretty clever!

-- Jeff Coulam, Lakeway Texas

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