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Project by wrightly posted 506 days ago 2217 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

mortising jig from shopnotes magazine. the top table slides back and forth and is locked in place with a knob. the two hardboard squares on top set the side to side distance. setup is a cinch, and it’s very accurate. you can also switch it up to clamp workpieces vertically. i didn’t have a toggle clamp, so I made my own clamping apparatus on the front. works great, very pleased with the results

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)





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Gary

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#1 posted 506 days ago

Hi Wrightly,
Which issue is that from?

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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Underdog

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#2 posted 506 days ago

I’m wondering what issue also. That’s a pretty nice looking mortise jig…

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wrightly

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#3 posted 506 days ago

hey gary and underdog, it came from the ultimate router handbook. here’s the link to show you the mag.
http://www.woodsmithstore.com/w1201.html
you could probably even find the plans for just this one jig at the woodsmithstore. the magazine as a whole is really sweet.
thanks for the comments

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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Lumberpunk

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#4 posted 506 days ago

love this! wanting to make a modified one for routing mortises across 6 inch stock

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Mark Gipson

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#5 posted 506 days ago

That looks like the jig from ShopNotes #112, it’s getting towards the top of my to build list, glad to hear that it works well.

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trippcasey

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#6 posted 506 days ago

Nice jig. I recently made a mortise jig out of acrylic and two pieces of oak fence and was thinking about incorporating it into something like this with stops and a clamp system. Looks really good and easy to set up.

Check out toggle clamps at HF. I bought 4 from them and honestly cant see a difference from the one I bought from WC. My wallet sees a difference.

-- I almost post pics....until I see the daily top three...then I delete my post.

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 506 days ago

Looks good.nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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wrightly

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#8 posted 505 days ago

thanks for the nice comments fellas. i appreciate it

trippcasey… i will check that out, i have a H.F. about 30 to 45 minutes from me. it would be easier with the toggle clamp than the way i did it. but it works, thanks

mark… it does work really well and could be used for several other things too. like, doweling.. the front can be switched up to accomodate vertical and horizontal pieces. and it’s super quick to set up

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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Mark Gipson

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#9 posted 504 days ago

I have a question about the construction of this jig for you. The plans in ShopNotes call for cutting a wide dado on the top that the router fits into. For the jig to be accurate this dado of course needs to be an exact fit for your router base, I thought that might be tricky to do especially as I’m not able to use a dado blade on my saw. Was this built the same way? If so, did the wide dado give you any problems? Thanks.

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wrightly

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#10 posted 504 days ago

hey mark, it is built the same, i’m pretty sure you’re looking at the exact same plans. have to be….
anyway, id didn’t give me any problems… it was just time consuming… i did it on the router table
i made my initial mark off the front edge (however far that needs to be), and then taking about 1/8” cuts with each pass, slowly started moving the fence back after each pass. used a 3/4” bit and did one pass, move fence back a touch and remove more material (rinse and repeat)
now, once i got to about the size of my router’s base plate, i got picky with the spacing until it fit just perfectly.
i’m pretty sure that the mortise was deeper than an 1/8”, cause i had to repeat all of that again to get to the final depth. i don’t recall the exact dimensions, but it appears you will have those with your plans.
one thing to consider; if you have only circular base plates, you could make a custom baseplate that has a straight edge on one side. one of my baseplates had a straight edge like this, and i felt that it helped.
another thing, you could do this above the jig with a straightedge and your router to make the “grand canyon” mortise. lol
i hope any of that made sense, and you probably didn’t need all that explaining (but just in case)
good luck, i’m extremely satisfied with the results i get with this, and setup is a piece of cake
i do recommend a toggle clamp for yours if you make it, rather than how i did it. it works, but would be tons easier with a toggle clamp.
hope that helps, feel free to ask me anything else..

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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wrightly

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#11 posted 504 days ago

i apologize for the picture quality, i have to use my cellphone for pics, and it just doesn’t do too well. my wife is a professional photographer, but she won’t let me touch her camera, lol

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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Mark Gipson

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#12 posted 504 days ago

Thanks wrightly, it doesn’t seem too hard. I just finished my router table and haven’t got used to having it yet, I should be able to use it for this. The square base plate seems like a good idea as well. Toggle clamps are one of the few useful jig making items I can find here in Thailand so I have a couple spare. I have to make some knobs for it though as my imported stash is all gone.

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wrightly

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#13 posted 504 days ago

no problem mark, just be patient with the fit and you’ll be fine. if you complete it, let me know what you think, i.e. how it works and such.

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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