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Forum topic by jpc posted 08-25-2010 02:40 PM 897 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2010 02:40 PM

I am building a bunch of drawers useing locking rabbit joinery, i built the tenon style jig for the table say from the drawing in a shopnotes magazine all about table saw tips, it did the first few i made just fine, am satisfied with the results, but was hoping to get some feedback or advice on making it as efficient as i can, thanks for looking everyone. HEY I POSTED THE PICS IN MY WORKSHOP PICS, I THOUGHT I ORIGINALLY DID IT RIGHT IN THE FORUM BUT DIDNT, SORRY

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#1 posted 08-25-2010 02:51 PM

Without a picture it is virtually impossible to offer any critique or advice.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 08-25-2010 03:09 PM

+1 to pic, or link so we’ll know what it looks like and how it works

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

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#3 posted 08-25-2010 04:08 PM


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#4 posted 08-25-2010 04:21 PM

Looks very functional.

1. Depending on the width of the tennon board you might be able to install a couple of the HF cam clamps, they can speed up position process

2. Support Block for workpiece could be wider to provide less change for the workpiece to rotate if the clamps ease up. Based on the cut in the sacrificial backer it looks like you’re cutting the tennon between the fence and the blade, outside of the fence would be more safe; similar to the manufactured tennon jigs.

3. Not sure what the bottom of the ply board looks like, but possibly could apply UHMV tape to help it slide easier.

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#5 posted 08-25-2010 04:28 PM

NathanAllen, between number 1 and 2 you nailed it, while useing it, i thought it was a pain in the uknow, to open and close my 2 inch c clamps for every touch. your tight about the location of the tenon to the blade and fence, and your right would be safer outside. i cut for 3 drawers making the tongues for locking rabbit joints. the bottom, baltic birch, sanded 220 then some paste wax, did ok could be alot better, hey man thanks. i didnt make the two verticals around the fence super tight, what could i do to make sure there is no side to side woble over time? any ideas

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#6 posted 08-25-2010 04:46 PM

The uhmv tape holds up well to shim. Couple other thoughts below

Are there T tracks on the Cman fence? The side that wouldn’t work would be the left, but if there are any on the top or right side you could use a T-bolt, used to do this with fence mounted jigs on my BT3K.

Set screws are probably out unless you have a sacrificial face on your fence (will scape up the aluminum) but nylon ones should work well, just not as durble as steel. Maybe a spaceball or pece of rubber between the set screw and the fence would work; probably over engineering it though

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