Thin Strip Ripping Jig

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Project by scamp238 posted 06-05-2012 11:33 PM 4013 views 13 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I am going to build a project for my mom. I will be needing to cover some plywood edges, so I need a jig to safely rip some thin strips. I searched LJ and saw several different takes. I chose this one. I downloaded the plan from WoodSmith and got to work.

The plan was slightly modified to use available materials. The bearing was scavenged from an old pair of roller skates and the guide runners are 3/32 instead of 1/4 because it was easier to make one pass with a thin kerf blade. Pretty much everything else is as the plan called for. I still need to add a scale to gauge the thickness of the strips, but it works fine as it is.

The last picture is my new 12” Incra Precision T-Rule. I picked it up from Rockler for $19.99. The price on the shelf says $41.99, but the internet price was $19.99 and they matched it without question. I used my new toy to lay out this jig and was very happy with it. If you have an extra $20.00, I recommend getting one.

Here is a link to the tool:

That was my first visit to Rockler, but it won’t be my last. I felt like a kid in a candy store. I just wish I had enough money to buy one of everything.

Anyway, this isn’t the first one of these posted here, but it is mine and I am happy that it came out so well.

Thanks for looking!

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#1 posted 06-06-2012 02:52 AM

that’s a great build on this brian

and the resulting work from it
should come out well made too

mom will be happy

(get some cookies while you can
even my dog buddy
like them better than
a pat on the head)

-- 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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#2 posted 06-06-2012 04:23 AM

Nice job Brian.
I like your design and it looks like it works fine.

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#3 posted 06-06-2012 07:50 AM

Nice work, I have one and using it is a very effective way of cutting thin strips safely.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 06-06-2012 11:17 AM

It’s alway great when we can use what we have on hand to create great tools like these. Nice job.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#5 posted 06-06-2012 03:59 PM

Thank you for the kind words. I have been trying to build different things to help out with my shop. I really haven’t built anything super nice yet, but I am working toward it. It’s funny how you look at a set of plans and figure out that you need that one tool or jig to help you, then you realize that you may have to build a jig to build a jig and so on.

I don’t get to spend as much time as I would like to in my shop. My work schedule prevents that, but without work I probably wouldn’t have a shop anyway. I have a blog on my table saw work center that I am trying to complete. My dad also had a mini stroke or TIA a couple weeks ago, so that limited the time I had to work as well.

Thank you all again.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#6 posted 06-06-2012 04:27 PM

I have a slightly different way of ripping my thin strips but your jig looks like it will really do the job great. You did a fine job on it.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 06-07-2012 12:50 AM

I need to build one of these, there are so many jigs and other items I need just not enough shop time. Great work. Thanks for the link to the T-rule. Oh, looks like you got one of the older Craftsman table saws. I have a similar model mine is probably about 30 yrs old but runs great.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#8 posted 06-07-2012 01:16 AM

I hear ya on not having enough time in the shop. My saw is a Craftsman that was built in ‘79. It cuts great after I tuned it up a bit. I added a Delta T2 fence last month. Boy what an improvement over the stock fence!!! Little by little I am acquiring decent tools at very modest prices. Just today I helped someone out and he told me that if he can find it, he will give me an older scroll saw.

This was a pretty easy build. I was lucky that I had everything already here to build it.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#9 posted 06-07-2012 12:59 PM

Same here, Ive been lucky in finding deals on cl for used tools at good prices, and lucky enough to have a brother willing to pick things up for me if its in his area. I have a delta T2 fence on my wish list, just waiting for some extra cash. So many people say it makes such a difference, I can’t wait to get it and try it out. Thanks again for the post.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#10 posted 06-07-2012 02:29 PM

If you haven’t already seen it, the best deal for the Delta T2 is here: It’s only $153 shipped. That’s where I got mine. Just make sure to read the posts on here about that fence. There are a lot of good tips. I just clamped the front and rear rails to the table and used the existing holes in the rails as drill guides. It worked well. Just make sure to get a good sharp drill bit. It might help to oversize the hole a little bit so that there is a little wiggle room to get it even with the table top.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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