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What's the best finish for shop jigs?

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Blog entry by Brad posted 01-25-2010 06:11 AM 2212 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So i have all these nice jigs sitting around and I really need to slap some finish on them. What’s the best finish for shop jigs?

- Brad

-- Brad -- www.bradfordwoodworking.blogspot.com



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 06:13 AM

Depends what there made of.

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 06:15 AM

wood, probably.

\o/ :D

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 06:18 AM

Plywood ,Mdf, particle board, hardwood, Oak , Poplar ? etc.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 06:47 AM

I spray mine with pre-cat lacquer because that is what I always have loaded in my pressure pot.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Brad

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#5 posted 01-25-2010 06:53 AM

mostly Baltic birch with some walnut trim etc.

- Brad

-- Brad -- www.bradfordwoodworking.blogspot.com

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#6 posted 01-25-2010 07:00 AM

For jigs I tend to use whatever finish I have – especially if there is not enough left for a big project.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 01-25-2010 07:15 AM

Greetings Brad…......Nearly all my shop furniture and jigs of all sorts are made of Birch ply….one or two MDF, but mostly B.B. ply. I use Tung oil and mineral spirits on mine. 50/50 mix of both with 2-3 coats applied. Another mixture I use is Boiled linseed oil and m.s….. same ratio, same amount of coats. For your shop jigs, this should work fine…...... keep on keeping on…...... later.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#8 posted 01-25-2010 07:37 AM

I like to use Dalys Sea Fin Teak oil witch is a blend of tung oil and poly blend. Just wipe on and wipe off, I pick it up by the gallon cans and use it on a lot of things.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#9 posted 01-25-2010 08:20 AM

honestly, I’ve never used a finish on a jig (too busy actually USING the jig). It’d probably be better if I slapped on some tung oil or poly, but all my jigs are just fine even after 8-9 years.

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Brad

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#10 posted 01-25-2010 10:40 AM

Thanks for in info guys I’m trying Rick D.’s suggestion with the 50/50 tung and MS blend. Made my walnut and birch crosscut sled look killer! I’ll have to post some pics tomorrow when all the coats are dry.

- Brad

-- Brad -- www.bradfordwoodworking.blogspot.com

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#11 posted 01-25-2010 02:02 PM

Shellac.

-- 温故知新

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#12 posted 01-25-2010 02:12 PM

Brad,
We all love shop jigs of all kinds and would love to see some or all of your jigs.
Looking forward to your postings.

Thanks,
Peter

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Partridge

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#13 posted 01-25-2010 09:20 PM

I wait until i finish the project i made the jig for. Then use what i am using on the project.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#14 posted 01-25-2010 09:23 PM

I had my wife knit socks for all of mine.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#15 posted 01-25-2010 09:30 PM

never finished anything shop related except for my workbench. all jigs are unfinished. mainly 3/4” plywood, and some MDF.

if you want a jig that will have some grab/friction on the pieces you’re working on, then use something like BLO, or tung oil. these penetrating oils will protect the jig, but will leave the surface rough with some friction to it.

if you want your jig/fixture to bee smooth for running your pieces across it – finish it with poly, or laquer which will put a glass smooth layer on your surfaces.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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