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Forum topic by tool_junkie posted 02-15-2012 04:58 PM 4120 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2012 04:58 PM

Not too long ago, someone posted a router dado jig they built using those clamp-on type aluminum straight edge guides. I really liked the idea when I saw it but forgot to add it to my favorites and now I can’t find it despite extensive search.

Can someone please help me find that project / post?

Thanks!


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#1 posted 02-15-2012 06:42 PM

Most of the clamp-on guides also offer accessory fixtures for jointers, circular saws, jig saws, etc. They aren’t free but, not all that expensive either.

http://www.amazon.com/XRP-8-Inch-9-Inch-Router-Plate/dp/B0000DYVCO/ref=pd_sim_hi_4

If you have a reasonably steady hand you can just use the guide making sure you keep your router tight against it.

Good luck.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 03:54 PM

Thanks Viking,

The jig i was referring to, used the same clamp; but the person who made it, also attached pieces of wood at the ends and routed a dado thru them to eliminate measuring the offset from the router bit every time you needed a new dado cut.

So basically I am looking at more detailed info as to how to attach a piece of wood at the bottom side of these clamps to achieve the above. Even with the router attachment they sell, you still have to measure the offset and I hate doing that.

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#3 posted 02-16-2012 06:32 PM

I think that, even with the “store bought” jigs, you could easily mark the centerline of the dado on the fixture. Unless you always cut the same width dado having pieces of wood with dados already cut would only work if dados to be cut were that same width.

I know that the base on my Dewalt D-handle is exactly 6 inches so, I align my guide 3 inches from the centerline of my intended dado and VIOLA! it’s where I want it to be (as long as I keep the router based pushed tight against the guide …… don’t ask me how I know that).

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 07:48 PM

Don’t turn the router as you cut a dado. Round router bases
are not reliably centered. Pick a point on the base and mark it
and run that point against the dado guide.

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#5 posted 02-17-2012 02:10 AM

Good point Loren. Most quality routers come with centering cone which allow you to very precisely center the bit in the round base of your router.

If your router didn’t come with one, you can buy them aftermarket and they are, for the most part, not brand specific. It a cone on a shaft that mounts in the router collet and centers the baseplate.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#6 posted 03-07-2012 06:57 AM

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#7 posted 03-07-2012 06:59 AM

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#8 posted 03-08-2012 05:35 AM

Thanks 308Gap,

This is close to what I was looking for. Thanks for the links

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