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NBeener

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03-30-2012 09:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig dado router adjustable woodsmith shop

THE PLANS

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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eddie

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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

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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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

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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

Neil:

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 started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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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!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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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.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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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

Neil;

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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