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Project by shipwright posted 01-14-2014 01:15 AM 4629 views 57 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this hand tool thing is starting to get out of hand.

I was making some full blind dovetails last week and thought I was doing just fine. I was actually but Patrick Edwards, hand tool guru, said I could do better if I had a miter jack. OK, a miter jack it is. So about two days and $25 worth of box store Oak (and a press clamp borrowed from my veneer press) later here it is.

This is something I have never even dreamed of, truly a creature of the galoot halls where guys like me feel like cowboys at the opera. That’s OK though, I’m here to learn. It turns out that this somewhat simple jig easily creates amazingly perfect miters. ...... who knew? ................and that’s not all. On the back side it serves the same function for 90 degrees. ..... and serves as a clamp for cutting / chopping the dovetail parts of the joint I was making before aiding in the production of the little miter on the corner.

I think I’m going to like this new friend. I’d like you to meet ….... Jack.

EDIT: I should mention I used a plan I found online, from Shop Notes.l

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/





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Druid

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 01:27 AM

Ok, that looks perfect. So when are you going to start selling off your power tools?

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 01-14-2014 01:28 AM

Nice, I can see where Jack could be helpful around the shop…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 01:29 AM

Iv’e seen a few in the antique stores, kinda pricey and needed TLC. Use plans of any sort or just winged it? I’m liking what I see and looking forward to a report on its use!

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 01:34 AM

Like a Fancy Shooting board?

Would it be possible to make some Inserts, etc. that would fit into your existing vice?

That’s COOL… never saw one like that before.

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#5 posted 01-14-2014 01:38 AM

i wish i could spend some time with you , i see and my mind says wonderful, beautiful, , but then it says , but can you do this, i love having a tutor…it helps, but i guess i hae to be braver, and do, but…if you happen to come to alabama, i would love for you to visit, beautiful job..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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SPalm

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#6 posted 01-14-2014 01:41 AM

Wow. You have really turned.
Did you use hide glue too? And I think it is missing your trademark logo on the end :)

I am missing something about these shooting board things. Doesn’t it get chewed up every time you use it? The plane will gouge (or at least plane) some of the wooden structure away.

Neat though. I could see liking that.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 01-14-2014 01:45 AM

Can’t get a tighter miter then that.
Your new friend Jack is really something !

-- All glory comes from daring to begin. ~ Eugene F. Ware

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#8 posted 01-14-2014 01:52 AM

that is cool! this one is going in my favorites (half is of your stuff)...

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 01-14-2014 02:00 AM

Paul, when I get over “cowboys at the opera,” I may build one of these. Nice post.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 01-14-2014 02:09 AM

Nicely done. I think I may have a few veneer screws sitting around somewhere… hmmmm…

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#11 posted 01-14-2014 02:46 AM

Looks cool but I don’t know how it works…I don’t know jack….

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Philip

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#12 posted 01-14-2014 02:56 AM

Great post Paul! Don’t they call it a donkeys ear as well? That or I’m going crazy…

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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rance

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#13 posted 01-14-2014 03:03 AM

I don’t know Jack either, but I can smell a galoot a mile away. And this sure smells galoot-ish. But it is so cute it just makes me want to build one too. Too cool Paul. I do agree, it is lacking a circle logo.

I can see where the Donkey’s Ear keeps the plane from changing the jig, however, Jack looks vulnerable to the plane.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 01-14-2014 03:04 AM

very nice miter jack, it falls in line with the shooting boards and donkeys ear. They were once called “screw miter shooting clamp.”

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com

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shipwright

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#15 posted 01-14-2014 03:52 AM

John, no power tool clear out sale anytime soon I’m afraid, sorry.

Kevin, plans from Shop Notes. I added a link to the post.

Joe, you can add a cleat on the bottom to suit whatever vice you want to use. Mine seems to work well in the wagon vice.

Steve, of course it’s hide glue and yes the jig does get chewed occasionally. I asked Patrick the same question and he said that you just need to re-surface now and then. I can live with that.

Philip, check out the plan link. The dog’s ear is a little different and it’s included in the link.

Rance and Steve, OK tomorrow I’ll add my cypher.

Thanks all for the comments.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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