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Project by George_SA posted 11-11-2013 07:38 PM 1434 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am slowly busy organizing my new shop. (We moved a few months ago) I have some cabinets that I want to hang on the wall with french cleats. I have a problem however, because my saw blade can’t tilt. It is a shop built saw that my wife’s grandfather made many years ago and which I now have the privilege of using.

I got the idea from the miter spline jigs that some guys make for box making. This jig can only cut 45 degrees of the corners, but that’s all I need to cut the French Cleats.

My shop is a still a bit chaotic at this stage

-- There are some things that money can't buy - Manners, morals and integrity





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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 11-11-2013 07:47 PM

That’s a neat idea George. I will need one of those as my saw is not happy at 45 degrees. I have a new workshop to plan and French cleats will be needed sooner rather than later.
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 11-11-2013 10:47 PM

Looks like the scrap would come flying at you

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#3 posted 11-12-2013 04:37 AM

Nice solution. I’d like to see pictures when you are almost done, because like every shop you will never be completely done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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George_SA

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#4 posted 11-12-2013 07:06 AM

Joe,
you make a valid point. For that reason I don’t stand directly behind the saw when sawing. Fortunately my saw is not so powerful, scrap don’t come out fast enough to cause serious injury, but I can imagine that could become a serious problem on one of those new powerful saws. But then again those new saws wouldn’t need such a jig as they most probably would all have a blade tilting mechanism.

I also use a fairly wide board (at least 100 mm) and for safety I would not cut anything narrower than that. I cut the two corners of the board and then split it afterwards for the two pieces of the cleat.

Dnick, I plan to do a before and after blog on the shop, but that would only be somewhere in the new year.

-- There are some things that money can't buy - Manners, morals and integrity

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aussiedave

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#5 posted 11-13-2013 11:46 AM

What a great idea, I use french cleats a lot. I am also thinking a slightly bigger version, meaning making the centre 45 degree V section longer or deeper in height to take bigger pieces of wood or panels it could maybe good for doing mitres on boxes. You have my brain ticking over now. Great jig and thanks for sharing and giving my grey matter a kick start…lol

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Bill_N

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#6 posted 11-15-2013 10:30 AM

This is something I will have to try
Thanks

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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