Thin Strip Ripping Jig

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Project by Rex B posted 09-28-2012 04:33 PM 6123 views 38 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve got some plywood shelving projects planned, and will need to rip some thin strips to edge-band everything. This simple jig should come in very handy. I built it based on an online plan from Woodsmith Magazine. It only took about an hour to complete.

The jig consists of a runner that fits into your saw’s miter slot and a large adjustable stop with a slot cut in it. I made both out of scraps of oak I had around. First I drilled and countersunk the runner for a 1/4-20×1.5” FH screw, then I cut a step in it to prevent the stop block from rotating during a cut. Finally, I cut a bandsaw kerf along the centerline of the runner so that it can expand and lock in place when the screw is tightened. I cut the slot in the stop block at the router table, then cut the end to a point and sanded it slightly round.

A jig like this simply provides a reference point to get consistent thin rips to the left side of the blade while moving the fence for each cut. It will definitely see a lot of use in my shop.

-- Rex

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#1 posted 09-28-2012 05:17 PM

nice work, i need to make one before my next canoe.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#2 posted 09-28-2012 05:50 PM

Rex, I am always on the lookout for thin ripping jigs to get consistently accurate strips for use in making corner splines. Fitting these into a 1/8” blade kerf slot demands very tight tolerances. How consistent have you found yours to be from one strip to the next?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 09-28-2012 05:59 PM

Nice tool, very useful.

-- CreativeCarpentry

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#4 posted 09-28-2012 07:07 PM

Wow, so simple yet so useful! And to think, I don’t HAVE to have all of my push sticks chewed up by the TS. Thanks for sharing. I have a definite need for one of these. 8-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 09-29-2012 12:38 AM

Clever. I’ve been struggling with thin strips and am planning a canoe soon. I can see where this is a must have piece. Thanks for posting. I also need to make a sawtop box to keep my clutter from rattling off.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#6 posted 09-29-2012 03:42 PM

Great idea.
Iv’e made several.
my last one combined a feather board design on one side and a thin strip on the other.
on the tip I placed a bearing to ride against the wood so that it would roll nicely.
Rckler has one like this but I enjoy making my own stuff and like the dual purpose of mine.
TNX for sharing

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#7 posted 09-30-2012 04:02 PM

Rex, you inspired me. My version. I have since made the pointer shorter. No need going past the blade…..

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#8 posted 10-01-2012 12:22 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone. Rance, I haven’t ripped all that many strips with it yet, so I can’t really say how accurate it is. If I get the chance tonight I will do some test cuts and measure with a caliper; should be interesting to see.

Cutworm, I’m glad this post gave you some inspiration!

-- Rex

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#9 posted 10-01-2012 09:44 PM

Thanks Rex. I eagerly await your findings. :) I see a lot of these jigs but the consistency to tight tolerances seems to be the downfall. I hope you get good results.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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