Cabinet / Frame making JIG

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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 12-02-2012 11:56 PM 2551 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

How many times have you said man I wish I had a jig for this? Well for me it was way too many so I put myself to the task of coming up with something that would work in my limited workspace.

While my jig works for me it is far from the ultimate jig. I used a simple design, but adapted it be set into my tablesaw track and used a simple friction cam to lock in to opposite end (see picture #2) The swing arm has a holder to keep it place when moving from where I store it to the tablesaw. I have no desire to have my fingers pinched and this was a simple way to insure that remains true. Nothing spectacular in the assembly I used basic parts I already had to make this little wonder. I opted for paint as I prefer the brighter color for contrast to my work and if I spill something, well I can always wipe it off or just repaint. Having used it quite a bit lately making drawers my only drawback is the fixture used to clamp the boards. I am sure I could have found something that had clamps that are easier to use but noticed most had rather large arms and I wanted to keep the overall size down to a minimum. For me it works, hopefully this inspires you.

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#1 posted 12-03-2012 12:34 AM

This looks very interesting Michael but I’m to sure how it works.

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 12:49 AM

We have to be creative out of self defense. Can’t afford everything we want just to buy it. Good job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 01:05 AM

Video please. Im with Jim, very interested but not sure how it works

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 02:05 AM

Video explanation would work. Hope you can create one. You’ve piqued my interest.

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#5 posted 12-03-2012 02:54 AM

Looks interesting but some pics in action please .

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#6 posted 12-04-2012 12:05 AM

I shall pull the jig out this evening and put some boards in it and take pics

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#7 posted 03-23-2013 05:25 AM

Great idea, and LOVED the “Made in USA” Thanks for sharing. Semper Fi, Hoss

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