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Endgrain CB strip cutting jig for ts sled

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Project by Kevin posted 692 days ago 4326 views 36 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been busy making cutting boards for a show. I had so many to do I wanted a quicker safer way to cut the strips off of the glued up panel. This is what I came up with. Its simple but works great. Before, I was cutting the srips against the table saw fence. Then I thought about using the sled, which makes the cut much easier and a lot faster, but just using a stop block didn’t give the strip enough support to not move around during the cut. This was really a problem when I got the the end of the glued up panel. Like you can see in the 3rd picture this jig solves that problem. It is just as easy and safe to cut the last strip off as the first. So this jig supports the strip the whole length plus the hold down holds it in place so my fingers don’t have to be close to the cut. I’m thinking about adding some t-track to my sled so I can move the jig around on the t-track instead of clamping it in place. I just made over 15 cutting boards in the last 5 days and the jig works fine. Thanks for looking.

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





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 692 days ago

Nice design for a finger saver. Good luck at the show.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Cousinwill

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#2 posted 692 days ago

Good idea !!

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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Kevin

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#3 posted 692 days ago

Thanks Oldtool and Will.

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

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RussInMichigan

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#4 posted 692 days ago

Great jig.

Isn’t it a comfort knowing you can make those cuts cleanly and safely?

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HorizontalMike

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#5 posted 692 days ago

Man I am I glad to see this! Geez, I have been cutting and final-sizing floating tenons on my TS sled and my fingers have been less than an inch away “holding” when your idea would be MUCH better and safer! I even have a couple of spare toggle clamps sitting around for this already. THANKS for the idea!

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

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Sodabowski

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#6 posted 691 days ago

Mike said it all. I have bought the same cheapskate toggle clamps recently and had the idea to use them for something similar, but now the vague idea I had has become way clearer with your implementation :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Terry

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#7 posted 691 days ago

Kevin, thats using your noodle instead of losing your fingers. Good job. Love the idea.

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iamcliff

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#8 posted 691 days ago

I’ll have to remember this for later on. Thanks for sharing.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Kevin

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#9 posted 691 days ago

Thanks Russ, I feel so much better not having my fingers that close to the blade. Mike and Sodabowski, I’m glad that I was able to help out good luck on the floating tenons Mike. Thanks Dad and Cliff. When I posted this I was hoping that it would help some people out, maybe give some ideas. I have gotten so many from others on Lumber Jocks. Glad I can return the favor.

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

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 691 days ago

Kevin, That is a great idea! But I have a (dumb?) question: how do you make sure the jig is parallel to the blade?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Kevin

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#11 posted 691 days ago

Thanks gfadvm, I just measure one end and clamp in place at whatever size I want, then measure the other end and clamp in place. The jig is square so it normally lines right up. After both ends are clamped I’ve been in the habbit of double checking the measurements on both ends one more time. I would like to add some t-track to the both fences at some point to make the setup a little quicker.

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

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Kevin

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#12 posted 691 days ago

Oh I didn’t mention that I measure from the kerf in the sled to the jig. Since the kerf is exactly where the blade rides. Making the jig parallel to the kerf also makes it parallel to the blade.

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

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prattman

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#13 posted 691 days ago

Man what a great idea you just made my life a whole lot simpler and safer , thank you

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 691 days ago

Thanks for the quick answer.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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SawTooth1953

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#15 posted 691 days ago

Kevin, Great idea… simple, yet elegant and it gets the job done very nicely.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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