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Project by BusterB posted 522 days ago 2502 views 10 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have a couple of projects for this weekend that require me to cut quite a few dado’s. Since I use my router to cut dado’s, I have been planing to put together one of those super slick Woodsmith adjustable dado jigs (and still do) but was fliping through a woodworking tips book and saw this little guy. Its basically a large wooden T-square made out of 1×4 stock that I glued and screwed together making sure to keep it square. Using the cross piece as a edge guide, I routed 2 template guides. You lay out your dado’s on the work piece and then line up the guides and clamp it down. Worked great and cut my set-up time tremendously. You old hands out there have probably already seen this jig but I thought it was too sweet not to share with those who have not. Only issue I have seen so far, if you change bit sizes…looks like you are a making another one.
The last pic…On a recent family outing, was wandering around in a tool store and saw this t-shirt… It seems I was not the first guy to escape into this place…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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Dallas

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#1 posted 522 days ago

I have always believed that the simplest method is usually the best, and this proves it. Well Done!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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BusterB

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#2 posted 522 days ago

Thanks Dallas….I just wish I could take credit for the original idea…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 522 days ago

Simple is good. Many times we over complicate stuff needlessly. Good job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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BusterB

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#4 posted 522 days ago

Thanks Monte…..for me…simple is for the best…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#5 posted 522 days ago

I will second the simple solutions. Sweet little project!! Gotta have one of those t shirts :)

-- 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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BusterB

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#6 posted 522 days ago

Thanks luv2learn…..The shirt is an instant classic….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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whitebeast88

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#7 posted 522 days ago

great jig buster,haven’t seen one before.

what you working on this week?

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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BusterB

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#8 posted 522 days ago

Thanks Marty….building my bud a cabinet to store part of his massive ammo stockpile in. He is the one I told you brought me the 3 sheets of 3/4 plywood…well had more than enough left over to build one of those Woodsmith flip-top carts….its all cut out and waiting on assembly. If I get that done, well I can always work on that miter sled I been putting off…..What you gonna build first with those sweet new tools you just got?

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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rvr6000

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#9 posted 522 days ago

Definitely making one of these soon. Need to build a cabinet for the office…..this will work great.

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BusterB

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#10 posted 522 days ago

Thanks 6000…..will make the job go a bit smoother….

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Jamie Speirs

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#11 posted 522 days ago

Simple
I like Simple
Buster it is about sharing, old ideas get forgotten if left to long.
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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whitebeast88

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#12 posted 522 days ago

buster when you get the flip top cart assembled just send it my way.lol.

i gotta build a entertainment center for a friend which if i get my tablesaw put together will be my first.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Gowvu

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#13 posted 521 days ago

Thanks Buster, I am retired and just starting into wood working..I have had the tools for many years,but never really knew how to use them…I went to buy some blades for my jig saw last week and the kid at thestore said you must have had this a long time,I said no not really,just before you were born..LOL…I will try to ake this jig..thanks Buster….

-- William, Florida via WV. & KY.

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farmerdude

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#14 posted 521 days ago

Great job Buster! Simple is good. Sometimes, I can be the king of complication, then, when I stop and think a little, it really doesn’t have to be that way. My wife says I try to make everything harder than it needs to be. Seems you are one up on me when it comes to this. Keep up the good work!

-- Jeff in central Me.

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BusterB

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#15 posted 521 days ago

-Thanks Jamie….It was just too good of an idea not to share it.
-Hey Marty was gonna mail it, but couldnt find a big enough envelope bud. There was a glow coming from the southwest of here…figured it was the sun shining off that big ole grin of yours as you were setting up that new tablesaw….lol
-Thanks William. Wish I could take the credit sir but it was not my idea…lol
-Thanks Jeff, Having seen some examples of some of your projects…seems complications work well for you so might not wanna change your methods too much…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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