|Review by Brad_Nailor||posted 06-27-2008 05:46 AM||3143 views||2 times favorited||16 comments|
I know allot of you have made your own version of a thin strip ripping jig. I fiddled with making one and was in too much of a hurry to get my project going. I looked at this one online and liked the design and it was only $19.99 with free shipping. As usual Rockler shipped it out right away, and it was on my doorstep 4 days after I ordered it. They also accept Paypal now which is really convenient.
It comes with simple instructions on the back of the box. The whole device is made out of phenolic and feels really sturdy and well made with an easy to read scale ( thats not graduated) with 1/8 and 1/16 marks. The knob is a decent size and allows good grip to crank it down nice and tight.
There is a ball bearing at the contact point to help the wood glide through. The directions tell you to touch the bearing to a sawtooth and then use the scale to size your rip. Then slide the unit down carefully so its below the throat plate and lock the knob down.
Once I got it tweaked in, the jig performed well. I was churning out strips quickly, and checking with my dial calipers they were consistent in thickness end to end with less then 1/128” variance if any. A couple things about the jig:
It leaves a slight burr on the upper inside corner of the keeper piece due to it falling away before it gets fully cut. This was no big deal, my pieces are over sized so I just trimmed that end. You could chisel the piece off as well.
You have to position it below the throat plate. Any higher it seemed to push the piece against the blade and was causing some burn marks. Ones I moved it it was fine.
Overall I like this jig. It makes it easy to rip thin and thick pieces safely and accurately, and doesn’t cost allot of money.