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The “Little Voice” Jig

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Project by HillbillyShooter posted 12-03-2012 01:03 AM 4568 views 45 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We all hear little warnings that tell us not to do something in a certain way because it’s dangerous. And, whenever I’ve failed to listen, I usually regret it. So after 60+ years I’ve learned to pay attention when that “little voice” speaks (or, sometimes yells).

When I was trying to cut out the numerous pieces for a large project I’m working on as “thank you” gifts for the officers and members of the board at my gun club, the “little voice” reminded me that one of the procedures I had used to build the proto-types gave me the “willys” [thank you my LJ friend “bluekingfisher” ( http://lumberjocks.com/bluekingfisher ) for reminding me of this politely descriptive word]. Although it’s easy to cut angles in the range of 45 degrees to 90 degrees on the table saw, it becomes more of a challenge to cut angles in the 0 degree to 45 degree range. I needed one piece in the project cut at 25 degrees on one end.

Therefore, last weekend when the “little voice” warned me that it was not only foolish, but dangerous to tempt fate again with my first approach, the voice also said build a jig and make sure it has a safety shield below your hand that passes over the blade, just in case your hand should slip off the handle. I didn’t argue that my hand wasn’t going to slip off the handle. Instead, I decided I liked the psychological “safety net” of such a safety shield.

This jig works great. The piece being cut is held very rigid and stable for the pass through the saw blade. My hands are well above the blade and the psychological safety shield is in place. The peace of mind in not having that “little voice” talk to (or, yell at) me is well worth the effort and time required to design, construct and finish this jig.

Now back to safely finishing those “thank you” gifts.

As always, comments (good, bad, critical or whatever) are greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington





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GnarlyErik

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#1 posted 12-03-2012 01:09 AM

Very nice Hillbilly! I like that you have taken the time to make this neat and nice.

Thanks for sharing.

Erik

-- Candy is dandy and rum sure is fun, but wood working is the best high for me!

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 01:19 AM

Boy that’s a slick jig John….funny as we get older how those little voices get listened to.

-- Once in a man's life you should have a good dog, a good horse and a good woman. The trick is to get them all together at the same time

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 01:59 AM

very nice and useful

-- Joel

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kiefer

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 02:52 AM

Yes that VOICE
How many times have we been in a rush and ignored it ???????
If in doubt don’t do it and get help before help is too late !!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Kiefer 松

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#5 posted 12-03-2012 03:01 AM

Well done John,this looks super.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 12-03-2012 03:04 AM

John, thanks for posting this jig. One of the things I dread most is cutting miters on my table saw, especially short pieces. I am putting your jig in my favorites and on my to-do list.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 12-03-2012 04:05 AM

I love your jig. This goes right to the top of my to do list. It’s been years since I cut a raised panel on the table saw because the “voice” won’t let me.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#8 posted 12-03-2012 04:28 AM

Great jig…thanks for sharing….

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#9 posted 12-03-2012 04:50 AM

Thank you all for your kind comments and checking out this project. I hope you find this of some help and keeps you safe. Best wishes to the greatest group of people I’ve had the privilege to know!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 12-03-2012 05:03 AM

I’m glad you didn’t lose any body parts!

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#11 posted 12-03-2012 08:51 AM

That’s a great looking jig, in my shop it would be art, it’s that nice. The “voice” you hear talks to me as well. I’ve had it talk to me three times and ignored it each time. Well luckily only very close calls with a few days off after each time to reflect on my stupidity. I still hear it and listen intently! I needed 44 years.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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padric

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#12 posted 12-03-2012 10:26 AM

That conversation with yourself is extremely important.s It’s one you should have every day before you hit the start switch on any machine. Jigs like your make a lot of sense. They are well worth the time to build. Keep up the good work.

-- warningsconsul@gmail.com

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#13 posted 12-03-2012 10:52 AM

Fantastic looking jig John, which initself looks like a quality peice of furniture. I’m sure you’ll have years of use from it.

Thank very much for mention of me in your post. I don’t know where the term “the willys” comes from? maybe that feeling it produces in the nether regions where someting just doesn’t seem right. For us lads anyway. I’m not sure if the ladiy woodworkers amongst us experience similar feelings….but maybe I shouldn’t go there!!

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#14 posted 12-03-2012 12:10 PM

That is one heck of a job on that jig! Nice.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#15 posted 12-03-2012 01:51 PM

John, you’re a man after my own heart with this project. I’m with you. It is much safer to hold the little pieces on a big piece that is being slid through the blade. That is one slick jig!.....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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