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Forum topic by rhett posted 09-06-2010 02:59 PM 931 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2010 02:59 PM

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Just wrapped up a set of chairs and was looking at all the jigs I fabricated to complete the project. I made a total of 12. These were templates, router guides and an entirely new tool (hot pipe).

Got me thinking, whats the most jigs you have made to make one piece. This would be anything extra you had to build to make a cut. Twelve is my new record.

I believe you can tell how complicated a project is by the number of jigs it takes to make it.

-- Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

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#1 posted 09-06-2010 03:49 PM

A child’s glider/rocker from Woodcraft but it only took 5 jigs.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-06-2010 04:22 PM

That’s my problem, I don’t use enough jigs. I never thought about how many jigs I use. I admit I probably should use more jigs in my projects. Although I do tend to make a lot of templates and patterns for projects.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 04:53 AM

Good job with the chairs. Well, I’ve never danced a jig for any projects. :P Seriously, I believe there are some ‘setups’ that end up being just as important as some jigs. Maybe call them complicated ‘stop blocks’. The reason they don’t qualify as ‘jigs’ is that you ‘undo’ them when you are finished.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 09-10-2010 04:06 PM

As many as it takes! Sometimes 1, sometimes 10. The jigs are part of the fun! Making something that is a tough job much “easier” and “quicker” by building “all” those jigs, that you have to now store for 10 years before you use them again.

Hummm, I don’t think I answered that question right! I have to go make a jig for that! BYE!

Bob G.

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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#5 posted 09-10-2010 05:04 PM

I make ‘jigs’ all the time. But, every time I go up in the attic I fine jigs that I have no idea what they are for. now when I make a jig, I right on them what they are for. I just counted the jigs for making a dulcimer. I have 5 and am not done yet. I have 6 for making ukulele and am thinking about another one.
You can’t have too many JIGS.

-- Richard

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#6 posted 09-12-2010 03:14 AM

I don’t recall any project where I used a lot of jigs. I do however know that I have so many jigs, that I have so many jigs that usually by the time I fuigure out where such and such jig is, I could have built a whole new jig altogether.


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