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jpw1995

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2715 days ago

I recently started a topic about Mortising with a Router, and Obi was kind enough to share his opinion on the mortise routing jig I got from ShopNotes. I’ve got a few jigs and fixtures that I use almost every time I go to the shop, and I’m curious to find out what everybody else uses. We all have our favorites. I love my table saw miter sled, crosscut sled, and drill press table among others. I’d like to hear what some of the favorites are among the rest of the Lumberjock community. I’m sure many will be specific to the types of work we do, but I think we could all share some great ideas that could come in handy in somebody else’s workshop.

-- JP, Shelbyville, KY


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Karson

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#1 posted 2715 days ago

I have the woodhaven mortise table and I also have used it to cut the Tenons. I’ve also used loose tenons with it. The loose tenons are when I’m attaching style and rails and I want extra glue are at the joint.

My cradle/glider is an example of that need.

I don’t use a lot of jigs. I’ve got an Incra fence on my table saw. I’ve got an Exactor sliding table that I put an Incra fence tube on to give me 1/32 accuracy on crosscuts.

I have an 8” high aluminum fence on my bandsaw to assist on resawing. I use an 1 1/4” carbide tipped resaw blade that makes sanding almost go away. A light jointer cut levels it our just great.

I do have an Leigh D4 dovetail jig. It sat unused for 4 years. I’m bringing it back to life.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Jeff

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#2 posted 2715 days ago

Great idea for a forum, JP. I love jigs and fixtures. It’s weird. I’ve mentioned in another forum or blog comment somewhere how I like my Taunton book on the subject a great deal. I have yet to figure this out about myself. Regardless, I’m a fan of the cross cut sled I built an and I made an adjustable tenoning jig that I will be using on a full length mirror project i have sketched and maybe even the Thorsen project.

On the manufactured side, I just bought, today, a Kreg bandsaw fence. I consider it a fixture for the saw even though it’s an essential element. I’ll be posting my likes/dislikes on that.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Karson

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#3 posted 2715 days ago

Caliper did you get the micro adjustment also?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Jeff

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#4 posted 2715 days ago

No… not yet. I played with it at the Rockler store and while it did really allow micro adjustments, I wanted to try it on my own first. I’m trying to curb my suseptability to upsell items. I did but the 7 inch instead of 4 inch resaw guide though thinking it would truly offer more stability. What do you think? I have not opened it yet and could take it back and put the funds toward the micro adjustment.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Karson

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#5 posted 2714 days ago

The micro is only $15.00 I think. I like the higher fence. I don’t have the Kreg fence but I’ve got one like it. The micro-adjuster won’t fit mine. But I could see its advantages in getting wood to the appropriate size.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Chip

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#6 posted 2713 days ago

Jeff, along these lines, I’m curious what material everyone feels is the best to make a jig from. I’ve got the book you refer to and it is helpful but I always think it’s good to hear right from woodworkers. I’m sure it has something to do with what you are going to use it for and how long you want it to stay accurate.

I’m about to make a couple of router table template jigs and I’ve narrowed it down but I’m not sure what is best. I know it probably should be 1/4” thick and I imagine it should be made of a stable material because I may want to use it in the future. Does anyone have any comments? Thanks for any suggestions.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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WayneC

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#7 posted 2713 days ago

I’m using MDF for router table templates and Jigs. Easy to drop into a big box store and get a quarter sheet when needed.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Chip

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#8 posted 2713 days ago

Wayne, I was going to use that but I’m concerned about cutting and sanding the pattern into the edge and getting it as perfect as possible. Do you know what I mean? And will the pattern hold up after say, 15, 20 pieces are passed along router guide. Let me know your thoughts please. Thanks.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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WayneC

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#9 posted 2713 days ago

I think I will let others answer relative to their experience with them lasting. I’m guessing you could move up to half inch MDF if you were looking for them to last. I’ve not had any issues and MDF is pretty easy to shape with a rasp/file.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Bill

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#10 posted 2713 days ago

What about UHMW plastic for jigs? I see a number of them are created with this. Some use the hard plastic, but I would think this would be better so as not to crack or chip easily.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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WayneC

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#11 posted 2713 days ago

What would the cost be like? I’ve seen it used for fences quite often. The Router Workshop guys for example.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Chip

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#12 posted 2713 days ago

The stuff is certainly more expensive then MDF but it appears as though it would be pretty sharp and clean as a template. Does it work like wood when it comes to cutting and sanding Bill? I’ve not used it for a jig before.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Bill

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#13 posted 2713 days ago

That is right Wayne, the Router guys use it for a lot of their templates. You can find sheets of the stuff on the Rockler and Woodcraft web sites. Definitely more expensive than MDF, but I think it would last longer.

It would cut much easier than wood, and could be cut with the same tools as wood. Hopefully you would not have to sand it, but again it should be easily done.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#14 posted 2713 days ago

Different jigs get different material. My Mortise jig is made of oak and Mahogany plywood. Depends on what I have sitting around the shop

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Karson

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#15 posted 2713 days ago

I’d hate to use UHMW plastic for jigs that I’ve not used before. Sometimes you make something and you are not happy with it and that’s too expensive to be used for a first try of a jig.

If I had something that would be improved by using super-slick plastic then I’d make it out of that, But it would be few and far between.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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