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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 02-19-2018 09:12 PM 632 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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newwoodbutcher

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02-19-2018 09:12 PM

My collection of MDF and plywood jigs is growing. Up till now I’ve just kind of put them wherever they will fit all over my shop. Yesterday I spent 45 minutes looking for a cloudlift lift jig I made and used last year. Finally found it but…... There must be a better way. What do you all do to keep your assorted jigs organized, and findable?

-- Ken


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#1 posted 02-19-2018 09:23 PM

If you find that better way, let me know, other than having a huge shop with an available wall to hang them all on. I currently have a Porter Cable dovetail jig and a DIY miter sled that I know I have but just can’t seem to find. And I know I put them somewhere where I knew I’d find them. Unless someone broke into my garage because they needed only those things. :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 02-19-2018 09:50 PM



If you find that better way, let me know, other than having a huge shop with an available wall to hang them all on. I currently have a Porter Cable dovetail jig and a DIY miter sled that I know I have but just can t seem to find. And I know I put them somewhere where I knew I d find them. Unless someone broke into my garage because they needed only those things. :-)

- Andybb

That happens to you too. Dang there everywhere.

-- Justin

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#3 posted 02-19-2018 10:13 PM

Seriously though, that is the reason I have built then dismantled 3 TS sleds. No place to put them so I used the nice birch ply I used to make them for other projects.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 02-20-2018 01:14 AM

I’m still trying to figure that one out. I lost a little jig for spacing drawer slides to the drawer. Now I have to build another one. I even had it ID’d as to what it was for.

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#5 posted 02-20-2018 01:28 AM

For small items, like setup blocks, pattern templates, etc, I use different sizes of plastic bins. They’re cheap and stack nicely. Bigger items, like my large coping sled for residential door rails and my router sled for flattening slabs, wind up leaning against the wall. It’s not pretty, but fortunately I don’t have an issue with not being able to find them.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 02-20-2018 01:57 AM

I thought that was what the top of the cabinets in my shop were for – storing jigs and templates and whatever else I don’t want to lose but won’t really fit anyplace else.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 02-20-2018 03:13 AM



For small items, like setup blocks, pattern templates, etc, I use different sizes of plastic bins. They re cheap and stack nicely. Bigger items, like my large coping sled for residential door rails and my router sled for flattening slabs, wind up leaning against the wall. It s not pretty, but fortunately I don t have an issue with not being able to find them.

- Rich

I use similar method and label well. For larger items like my circle cutting jig for bandsaw, or my miter jig for the TS, as I plan out what size they will be I start looking for a convenient place to put them. Once that is done a holder for it to go in so when done jig and storage rack are ready. This does consume time in the beginning but when I am done it has a home.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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jbay

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#8 posted 02-20-2018 03:19 AM

I have a few tucked away on shelves, but most of the jigs I make are for a single purpose, at that time, so I end up making some crappy jig that works for the occasion then usually toss it soon after.
Of course I need it again shortly after tossing them.
Oh well, just how I roll.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#9 posted 02-20-2018 04:16 AM

Yeah I have done that, made a jig, used it and tossed thinking never need this again. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 02-20-2018 01:01 PM

I have my many jigs stored in a 6’ tall cabinet, outside my shop. They are all in there, so I know right where to go for them.

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Knockonit

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#11 posted 02-20-2018 01:26 PM

LOL, i built this really nice clamp rack on wheels, worked out great, held the clamps, some boxes for glue and misc. a dowel tube, as they always seem to roll away, hung a cord rack thingy to hold short ext cords, a 4 gang outlet with a 24 ft 12 ga cord for the main plug in, for the sanding table. As it was an a frame, i used the inside for jigs, and misc. slowlly got harder to roll around, then of course, when one does not have enough clamps what do you do, go buy more clamps and well gotta have someplace to put said clamps.

I’m convinced, i will never have enough room to keep and find everything i’ve made, for jigs or set ups, now where am i gonna put that large edge sander setting on my patio. ugh, give me space,

Rj

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bondogaposis

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#12 posted 02-20-2018 01:39 PM

Yes jig storage can be quite a problem. For that reason I try to make most of my jigs disposable. I still have quite a few of the more complex type that I keep around. I have one wall where I stand them up and lean them against the wall. I have a few templates the I hang on the wall as well. I don’t have a real solution other than to say make as few as possible or make them in a way that they are for single use. Buying a new table saw is one way to make all of your jigs useless, then you can throw them away.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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