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Forum topic by helluvawreck posted 12-22-2011 03:24 PM 2992 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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helluvawreck

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12-22-2011 03:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig building jigs and fixtures fixtures incra incra build it system

I don’t have a lot of room for jigs in my shop and until I build my 12×12 storage shed that is the way it’s going to be. I need to build 5 or 10 jigs but I have no where to put them. They would just get beat up. I’m a pretty good jig builder because I’ve been in manufacturing for 40 years and we have always had a machine shop in our plant and have made quite a bit of different products over the years that required jigs. I have always been the jig builder among other things. I could design my own master system but I don’t have time. Jig building is not my hobby. I want to get on with the woodworking end of it. The thought occurred to me that I could take one or two of these bases and use them as the framework for my various jigs and save me a lot of room until I can get a storage shed built which might be a year away.

Thus my question – Incra Build It System – Do You Use It? – Do You Like It?

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#1 posted 12-22-2011 03:35 PM

I don’t know whether any of you know the 80/20 system. It’s known as The Industrial Erector Set . I thought that I might incorporate some of these extrusions into my jigs that I mount onto my bases. The build it system uses MDF for the boards. I also thought that when I get time I could replace these with nylon sheets and mill the sheets to fit this system on my Bridgeport. There would be less friction and they would be more durable. I need some jigs this weekend and I don’t have time to build the jigs this weekend. I will have to rig up the jigs fast. I would have time to build a few fixtures for these bases tomorrow. Woodcraft has this build it system in stock and I could drive down to their store and have me one or two bases tomorrow. I hate to be impatient but sometimes I get that way. My time is precious to me.

helluvawreck

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 12-28-2011 09:28 PM

Sorry I did not reply on this post earlier… I have used the Build it system and like the concept… although I have only made two jigs with it… works ok especially with the track system Incra has…
Fortunately… I have a fair amount of room for storage of jigs… so I make them as I need them and then hang them..

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#3 posted 12-28-2011 10:35 PM

Larry, on the other Incra thread I said the following: ”Larry, I’ve seen your shop and you are soooo fortunate to have that nice shop with plenty of room and equipment. However, I know that you deserve it because you’ve worked hard for every bit of it and have done it with one helluva lot of know how. My hat is off to you for you are sooo creative and productive.” You are a very valuable person to have on Lumberjocks because of all of your hard-earned experience. I would love to see your wonderful collection of jigs.

I hope that one day soon I can build me a 12 ft x 12 ft storage shed just outside of my shop where I can store my lumber, hardware, and jigs and fixtures. In the next few years maybe I can add another 12 ft onto the front of my little shop.

helluvawreck

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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