|Project by MT_Stringer||posted 11-04-2012 12:33 AM||5142 views||25 times favorited||9 comments|
I have some boards reclaimed from pallets that I wanted to make some crates out of. The wood varies from oak, to poplar to pine. The first one I built, my wife helped hold the pieces while I glued and stapled them together. Last night I decided I wanted to build a jig…literally a third hand. This is the result.
The “T” track holds two pieces of wood that are adjustable. All they do is cinch up against the two end pieces of the crate. I build them upside down so I can attach the sides and bottom boards in one operation. Since this is a prototype ( :-) ), I built it with what I found in the scrap pile including the 3/4 plywood with one dado already cut.
Later on I might rebuild it with a larger plywood base, and the two tracks closer together. To add some stability, I plan to add a lip to catch the edge of the work bench and a dog that will fit in one of the holes on the bench. I want the jig to be versatile so I can make crates of different sizes. It has worked Ok for the first three but a little refinement will make it a lot easier to adjust for smaller crates. About 15 1/2” is the longest I can make now and that is OK.
It actually worked just as I had thunk it would! :-)
-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas