|Project by dbhost||posted 04-14-2014 05:41 PM||3598 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
Okay I admit it, I was somewhat inspired by jeffwedekind’s project Pocket Hole Jig... jig but I must admit, my design requirements were a bit sparser…
I walked out to the shop with the following requirements.
#1 Utilize existing scrap, no new material allowed. Yes I am trying to use us scrap wood. #2. Depth should not exceed the depth of the dovetail machine, mostly for stowage reasons. #3. Width should be at least 5 inches longer than the machine so I can have 2.5” overlap on each side. #4. A hole sufficiently large to easily slide a finger through for carrying on one end, centered and cleanly cut.
In the scrap heap I dug, a 23” wide x 9” piece of 3/4” cabinet grade ply was waiting, Trim off to 7.5”, center up the jig itself, measure and mark for the hole, drill the hole, round over the edges of the hole with a round file, and mount the jig…
I now have sufficient clamping surface, and a means to hang the jig when not in use.
I know, it’s just a board, It’s not fancy, or complex, or even took more than 10 minutes to design and build, but it suits the purpose and I post it mostly because it might tickle someone’s brain for an idea for a simple jig where they may have been overthinking the problem.
I will likely outfit my in progress box joint jigs with hanger holes as well, and build a rack to hold my jigs.
A more detailed writeup is on my blog if you are interested… http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-dovetail-jig-jig.html
-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com