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Project by missingdigitworkshop posted 649 days ago 2818 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Three to four times a year I make a paper sorter for a local teacher or scrapbooker. For the most part these are easy to make but do take a lot of time to cut the 20 to 24 dados that are equally spaced 3 and 2 inches apart. These slots are needed to support the hardboard that makes up the different compartments. After trying a few different jig designs I finally hit on a design that is simple and works. (my other designs were great examples of over thinking the solution)

The base is MDF with a 1/4” dado cut as a relief for the chips.
At 2” and 3” from the 1/4” bit are 1/4” dados that a 1/4” x 3/8” guide fits.

The first dado is cut in the project then the guide is placed in the base and slid through the first dado. This creates a new 1/4” dado either 2” or 3” from original dado depending on which dado the guide is in on the jig.

Simple and WORKS!

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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#1 posted 649 days ago

Is it really possible to overthink a simple jig???

Looks like a very reliable and useful jig.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 649 days ago

Great jig idea ,very efficient.
Have to remember this one !

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#3 posted 649 days ago

way cool


-- 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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#4 posted 649 days ago

Great jig and great design for all those scrapbookers :-)

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#5 posted 648 days ago

Overthinking.. not something I am accused of too often…LOL

Great simple design for any shelving unit.

Thanks for posting

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#6 posted 648 days ago

Very nice
I like how simple and easy it is.

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#7 posted 648 days ago

Like you said Simple works ,good thinking.

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#8 posted 647 days ago

This is a perfect solution! I am going to steal your idea.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#9 posted 638 days ago

Genius! Quick, patent that before Rockler puts one out for a $100!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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