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Forum topic by Brett posted 1173 days ago 804 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I’d like to make a saw vise (perhaps like this one), but I don’t yet have a local source for good, affordable hardwoods like hard maple, hickory, etc. If you were limited to the woods sold at the big home centers (woods such as Douglas fir, SYP, and “white wood” in the lumber area, and red oak, poplar, and pine in the finished-boards area), what type would you use for making a saw vise and other shop jigs? Thanks.

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#1 posted 1173 days ago

I would go with the oak.

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#2 posted 1173 days ago

Dont know about the saw vise, but I use Baltic birch ply for most of my jigs,sleds,etc. You can usually buy half or quarter sheets at the big box stores as well as full sheets[which are a problem to wrestle across the table saw safely.

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#3 posted 1173 days ago

im kinda cheap , i try to find old oak pallets to cut up.

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#4 posted 1173 days ago

on sale plywood or even mdf is good for jigs and cutting sleds depending on how stable the climate in your shop is. for a fixture like that saw vise, I woudl definitely go with the oak. Maple may be a bit stronger, but it is more prone to warping if your shop changes seasonally, or if you dont want to put a full finish on it. I know for my jigs and fixtures like that, I usually just brush on a quick sealer of shellac to minimize warping, but it isnt enough to really stabilize it if you have severe humidity and temperature changes.

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#5 posted 1170 days ago

Whatever is available at the moment. If you like what you built you can always call it a prototype and build a much better one later.

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