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lumberjoe

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747 days ago

I haven’t put much effort or focus on shop jigs and fixtures. I went from tool hoarding, to learning how to use said tools by making projects we needed around the house, and now am finally trying to organize my shop. I started out with a cross cut sled, then made another, better one within a few days. My latest project is here http://lumberjocks.com/projects/68385
I wanted to make a tote to keep all my finishing stuff together. Shortly after that was done, I also made a dado sled and a “rabbet fence”. I ran out of time to finish tonight (I am a considerate neighbor and I need to use the planer and router), but I hope to finish tomorrow.

Does it ever end??? What are some cool, unique things you have made that will keep distracting me from the Morris chair my wife wants that is way over my head?

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Tedster

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#1 posted 747 days ago

Just don’t forget at some point you have to actually use them for something. Can’t put off that Morris chair forever ;-)

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lumberjoe

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#2 posted 747 days ago

So true TedW. Right now I am suing them to make more fixtures :) I do find, as with other aspects in life, the more organized I am the better my work is. Also if something actually has a place, I am likely to put it back there rather than toss it on a shelf.

She bought the fabric for the cushions today, so I’d better get down to the mill and grab that QSWO before too long.

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Tedster

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#3 posted 747 days ago

I’ll be looking for it in the projects gallery. :)

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

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lumberjoe

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#4 posted 747 days ago

It’s not going to be any time soon. My realistic target is September. I have never made anything arts and crafts style, and have never made any sort of chair. There will be a few pine mock-ups first. (you can substitute “mock” for an expletive that has the same amount of letters and that would also be an accurate statement)

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 747 days ago

Joe- I’ve got the same addiction. I’ve made too many to list but my favorites are: Super Sled,box joint jigs,splined miter jig,tenonong jig,board straightening jig,taper jig,etc,etc….....I probably use my shop made router table more than anything else I have made. I’ve posted a lot of these in my projects.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Milo

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#6 posted 747 days ago

Joe, we are brothers from another mother. Seems all I EVER do is make shop jigs and shop tools… Router table, Super Sled, Frankenduster, jointing jig, horizontal router table, etc… The Pie Safe I just finished was the first piece of furniture I’ve made in AGES, and of course right now I am making a rolling tool cart in an attempt to clean up the shop!

btw, I HOPE it never ends!!!

oooh, dado sled…. gotta think about that one…. ;)

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lumberjoe

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#7 posted 746 days ago

Milo, here is the dado sled. Now I am trying to think of what to make next (other than mission furniture)
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/68449

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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Dan Krager

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#8 posted 745 days ago

I’ve been a jig junkie long enough to actually do something useful about it. After years of cogitating different jigs that do almost the same thing, I finally began to consolidate the ideas into multifunction units that made sense to me. I’ve posted a few of the results on my web site blog. There is more on my LJ shop description.
my blog

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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lumberjoe

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#9 posted 745 days ago

I hate you Dan (not really). I’m off to make some turn buckles. See you in 4 hours with pictures

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Brandon

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#10 posted 745 days ago

Perhaps you should build a jig storage cabinet or something. I usually make jigs when I need them, not because they’re not fun but because I have very little space to store them. This past weekend I was making some picture frames and I had to make a spline jig for it. My wife found it so funny that I had to make this big contraption just to make frames, but mitered frames with splines not only look better, they’re much stronger.

Also, I’m in the middle of building a Arts and Crafts rocker, which I like to put off as well. It needs to be done by September or I’m in the doghouse since our baby’s due in the middle of that month.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Dan Krager

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#11 posted 745 days ago

I think I have just the jig for storing other jigs!
There’s no public picture of it, but it is a series of shelf brackets made from a single sheet of plywood. Two pieces were cut from it with a jig saw following a pattern of interlocking fingers. The straight edges were then screwed to a 2×2 that was screwed to a back sheet that provided lateral stability. The feet were cut in the pattern. The long jigs don’t even need a “shelf”.
Dan

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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lumberjoe

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#12 posted 745 days ago

Brandon, my Morris chair needs to be done by the end of August. She bought 6 yards of upholstery fabric last night for the cushions. I am pretty screwed. I have no motivation to start on it. I’ve looked over the plans so many times and the only thought I have is “Way out of your league buddy, what where you thinking??”

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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lumberjoe

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#13 posted 745 days ago

Dan, I am also in the process of gutting and renovating my shop. I am still in the gutting phase because it’s taking longer than I expected due to the extreme heat here lately. Once gutted, I am going to make a LOT of fixtures. I work so much better when I am organized. When everything has a very specific place (not just shelves and drawers everywhere), I tend to put it back there.

In short, jig storage jigs are in my future :)

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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juniorjock

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#14 posted 745 days ago

Yep, Joe, you’re not alone. Brandon has a good idea, about storing your jigs so you’ll know where they are when you need them. When I first started, I received some negative comments (from friends, not on LJs) about the number of jigs I had made. It was always…. “when you gonna quit making jigs and build something”. The way I see it, at some point you’re going to need a certain jig. So you have to decide whether you’re going to build them now or wait till you need it. Building jigs is practice for me. My jigs are just as easy on the eyes as they are useful. I guess there’s not many WW’s with a tool crate made with dove tail joints…... Keep on jiggin

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lumberjoe

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#15 posted 745 days ago

I definitely see your point JJ. So far everything I built, I need. I have to make something like 126 tenons for that chair, so I’ll figure out which I like better, the tenoning jig on the cross cut sled, or cutting the tenons with a dado blade and the dado sled. There are some jigs I have been tempted to build, but I really have no use for them yet, so I will hold off

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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