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06-06-2011 03:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource jig tip drill press table woodsmith tools and jigs issue

I purchased this special issue of Tools & Jigs last month, started reading through it this weekend.

My theory is that if I can get one good idea from a magazine, subscription, etc I have my money’s worth…

I saw another article for a drill press table and wasn’t expecting anything special, but when I turned to the page, I realized I had that one good idea.

All the years I have been using my drill presses, I have struggled with clamping to the table, never thinking about making slots through the table to allow my clamps to work and easily hold any item.

This solves the problem so easily, and I don’t know why I wouldn’t have thought of it myself…

Anyone else think this simple solution is rather ingenious, or have I been in the dark all these years alone without holes in my table?

I would recommend buying this issue, as there are a few other tips that may be helpful…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 03:47 AM

Yes, I bought that issue also. I sometimes will look through them real quick to see if anything catches my eye and if so i’ll buy it. I saw this particular design quite a few years back in another magazine, can’t remember which one though.

Sometimes they have some really nice ideas in the jigs magazine. I like Shopnotes Magazine also.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 08:08 PM

Looks interesting thank you for the tip.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 06-06-2011 09:48 PM

Here’s a table saw outfeed table with some similar clamp holes and handy clamp tracks.

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 10:17 PM

I built this table and it works well for me.

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#5 posted 06-07-2011 12:00 AM

I subscribe to wood smith.Its by monthly witch is too long of a wait.The projects don’t really interest me BUT THE JIGs, AHA THE JIGS they are the best! I must have built 4 so far they work vary well.

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#6 posted 06-07-2011 01:05 AM

Looks like a good read.

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#7 posted 06-07-2011 01:13 AM

I think I have this one, The jigs are great.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 06-07-2011 04:08 AM

Just purchased this last week and its really cool…after flipping through it i checked woodsmiths website looking for a subscription and they are offering a free issue and two years for the price of one so you end up with 13 issues for $28…hopefully the regular issues are as good as this book

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#9 posted 06-10-2014 07:25 PM

Chipy, If all you are interested in from Woodsmith magazine are the jigs, then you should buy a subscription to ShopNotes magazine which is also by August Home Publishing. They are two of the best wood working magazines out there and ShopNotes is only about shop jigs and projects and neither has any advertising.

What I have found from having multiple woodworking magazines is that there are always multiple ways to accomplish the same thing and after a while all the projects get repeated. I don’t subscribe to any of them anymore.

-- woodNfish

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#10 posted 06-11-2014 02:11 AM

I use to subsr to Woodsmith but I don’t anymore, they have great detailed plans that’s what I like about Woodsmith. I bulit several projects from the mag very detailed, but I kinda learned how to do things on my own, but the jigs are great. think I may build a drill press jig like the one above but first I think I’m going to Lowe’s and get the mag. Great post glad you shared

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#11 posted 06-11-2014 02:38 AM

Y’all do realize the posts above are over three years old, huh?

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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