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Posted on Need jig for cutting '+' in end of dowel

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#1 posted 03-28-2013 09:36 PM

How about just make a wooden V-block? (there’s a gazillion pics of the metal ones if you google, so I won’t bore you with details).

Or you can take a board and two strips of wood as thick as the radius of your round piece of work.
Place one on the edge of the board at the edge – it will ride against your tablesaw fence.
Place the other parallel to the first, and just far enough from the first for the workpiece to sit in between them. Adjust the fence so that when you place the board with the two strips against it, the blade is centered between the 2 strips.
Turn on saw, slide workpiece into blade to make cut, back it out, rotate by hand until the saw kerf is just on top of both of the wooden strips, push back into blade and you are done. You can make a little pencil mark on the back that appears when you’ve pushed the piece forward into the blade 1.5” and then you’ll know when to stop making each cut.

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