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Forum topic by Allen posted 04-29-2008 02:04 PM 4009 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2008 02:04 PM

Howdy all,

I have been a very lazy Lumberjock of late and shame on me. Between home stuff, school stuff, work stuff and rambunctious three year old boy stuff I’ve been scrambling just to squeeze time in my shop, never mind getting online. Oy veh…

Anyhow, I’m starting a set of dining room chairs and, as I build the 1st one, am making the jigs I need as I go along to speed up the other five. As I was bandsawing out the back legs of the first chair I remembered seeing a piece in a magazine about making a rub block for the bandsaw which functions kind of like the bearing on a flush trim bit. You attach the template of the piece to the wood, the block follows the template and cuts a duplicate piece leaving a uniform amount of wood to trim off at the router table.

Problem is, I can’t remember which magazine or even how recently it was. The jig/block itself is a pretty simple idea, just a block with a rounded edge to follow the template, notched out to fit around the bandsaw blade. What I can’t remember is how to attach the flippin’ thing to the saw. I’ve seen “duplicating pins” on Rockler’s and Lee Valley’s website that are sold to be attached via hardware directly to the upper blade guard/guide assembly but I’d rather not spend $20 on an item I can make in a few minutes with any number of different pieces of scrap wood I have laying about.

So, anyone done the rub block thing before? Anyone remember this article? Suggestions are much appreciated and I promise to be a better LJ in the future. I’m about three projects behind in posting pictures, etc. Hopefully work will be calming down soon and school will be done and out for summer in 5 weeks, or when I finish the Chippendale chest of drawers that I’m making there, whichever comes first.

Thanks as always,

-- We may never know who let the dogs out, but I'd bet anything PETA was involved.

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#1 posted 04-29-2008 03:32 PM

For some reason, I think I saw what you are talking about on in an article about an outdoor table built of Ipe. I don’t know why… I just remember the same article. The other publications I frequent are Woodsmith and Woodwork that might have had this. Good luck!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#2 posted 04-29-2008 04:34 PM

Here’s an article from Woodcraft

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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#3 posted 04-30-2008 02:42 AM

Leon, exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much! Days of fruitless Googling and you turned it right up for me. Awesome!

-- We may never know who let the dogs out, but I'd bet anything PETA was involved.

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#4 posted 04-30-2008 02:58 AM

Popular Woodworking, April 2008, pp. 56-61, Issue 168 (David Charlesworth). P. 61 shows template sawing with rub block.

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#5 posted 04-30-2008 03:16 AM

ya same as grumpycarp. I have that issue and it looks like a pretty good template.

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