Woodsmith Shop Adjustable Router Dado Jig

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Forum topic by NBeener posted 03-30-2012 09:45 PM 6602 views 1 time favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2012 09:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig dado router adjustable woodsmith shop


Will be starting my vanity storage cabinet project, soon. Wasn’t satisfied with the clamping straight edge guide solution for routing dados in panels, so … I decided to build the Woodsmith Shop boys’ little jig.

It’s a few layers of 1/4” hardboard. I used scrap QSWO for the cleats that’ll square it to the work piece.

Probably the COOLEST glue-up I’ve ever done:

And … a whole bunch of work (more than I would have thought, anyway) later …. we have … an Irish Jig:

It never ceases to amaze me … just what a bloody mess I can make with my router :-)

I’ll update the post, when I’ve put her to use !

Thanks for looking…..

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 03-30-2012 10:04 PM

nice jig, you needed five more clamps.look forward to the cabinet

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#2 posted 03-30-2012 10:05 PM

dancing an irish jig now neil

that’s great news

i am swimming thru molasses here
changing my satellite server
in two weeks

this one is always bringing me to a halt
every two weeks with FAP notices

good to see you back working

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#3 posted 03-30-2012 10:10 PM

Good job Neil ,those dado jigs come in really handy. as far as messes go I think if I ever build another shop I’ll build the whole floor with a giant grid work with a giant funnel below to have every thing go into a 5 yrd dump truck below. I just hope I never drop any tools LOL
There I go off my meds again LOL

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#4 posted 03-30-2012 10:25 PM


Stellar job on the jig….jigs are sometimes harder to make than we thank, aren’t they?

You got ‘er done…that’s what counts…..besides….it “beats passin’ gas in a circular manner”......:)

-- " I don't makes my coffee spill...."

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#5 posted 03-30-2012 10:51 PM

Hi Neil,

Great job you will certainly get a lot of use from it. I can tell you from experience. Great minds think alike, I’ve used mine over a hundred times little worn but still in ok shape.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#6 posted 03-30-2012 11:36 PM

Nice jig!

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#7 posted 03-31-2012 05:08 AM

That’s a great little dado jig, but I think it also made one helluva Clamp Rack Neil. :-)

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#8 posted 03-31-2012 08:04 AM

Nice jig Neil. It looks like it will work very well with it’s adjustability.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 03-31-2012 12:32 PM

Nice glue up pics.


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#10 posted 03-31-2012 01:14 PM

Neil I saw this jig and I got to say I love the simple design I will build one some day! Your glue up pictures look like a robotic project from MIT.You know the old saying….You can never have enough CLAMPS!!!!!!!

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#11 posted 03-31-2012 01:30 PM

I have used mine for years. Works great. I have one referenced to 1/2” bit and one referenced to 1/4” bit.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#12 posted 03-31-2012 01:33 PM


Great jig. I have always just used a straight edge clamp but, a couple a weeks ago I got distracted and failed to keep the router firmly against the guide and screwed up a pretty large piece of oak PW.

I really need to build one of these. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#13 posted 03-31-2012 04:23 PM

Solutions for wayward routers have energized more than one project for me…......but only dreaming about routers for the next month…............this last week was a killer, and things are not looking better soon…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 08-08-2012 03:48 AM

i am about to make this jig, but have seen others make their jig using a router collar (and hence have an offset to deal with). for example the woodwhisperer’s, among many others’, dado jig is this way. any advice as to which one is better?

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