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Forum topic by lew posted 08-07-2008 11:38 PM 3870 views 6 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2008 11:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig table saw ripping thin strips

I have been trying to make a few cutting boards for Christmas projects. (You Lumberjocks that have posted your work do not have to worry about any competition!) Anyway, I needed to rip a bunch of thin strips for glue ups and thought about the jig, that several folks commented on, from Rockler.

Well, I am cheap. And besides- Rockler ripped off my idea (Woodcraft Magazine Nov. 2005) so, to get even, here is my improved version. It lacks the measuring scale but we all double check with a rulers anyway.

To mount this (and my feather boards) to the table saw, I made some special bolts. Using a washer slightly larger than the Miter gauge slot (my saw has an additional, wider slot at the bottom of the “regular” 3/8” miter slot), I had the washer welded to the head of the bolt. Then ground two flat spots on opposite sides of the washer so it would slide into the bottom slot and not turn. The bold head is 3/8” across so that also locks into the table slot. If you don’t weld and are close to a Technical school- you can probably get this done for nothing. Get a bunch made so you don’t have to switch them every time you change a jig.

You can even get away without buying any knobs by using the information posted by Lumberjock ChuckM


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 08-07-2008 11:59 PM

Just curious… couldn’t that washer have been Epoxied to the bolt head instead of welding?

Maybe JB Weld would work?

I don’t have a welder…

Nice, simple design!

Take a look at my website… There is another jig that does the same thing…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 08-08-2008 12:09 AM


Man, I like your jig! The addition of the feather board make it perfect! Wish I had thought of it :>).


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 08-08-2008 01:16 AM

Great Idea Lew. I was wonder about the JB Weld as well. Great Idea with the washer. Something I hadn’t thought about and the link over to the Hand Made knobs was excellent. Thanks!

-- Jerry

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#4 posted 08-08-2008 01:22 AM

This is what I do with the little wooden feather boards you get for a couple of dollars at(?). When the “feathers” break off, I make stops out of them like this. I just cut about 200, 1” corbels, to use for crown molding in my house, using a jig similar to this. If you don’t want to weld the washer on, grind the head of the bolt down to a thickness that will fit in the T slot with the washer on the other side of the head.

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#5 posted 08-08-2008 01:23 AM

nice jig!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 08-08-2008 01:24 AM

When the knob is tightened, it pulls up on the bolt to pinch the jig tight to the table. The places a lot of pressure on the washer. I have never used JB Weld and cannot speak to its’ strength. I have used silver solder to fasten the washer to the bolt and that is holding. I would have liked to use closet flange bolts but my miter slot is too wide.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 08-08-2008 01:41 AM

Great Idea

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#8 posted 08-08-2008 05:04 PM

Nice looking jig, Lew.

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#9 posted 08-09-2008 12:08 AM

Instead of a washer, a piece of flat stock that will slip in the lower slot wont turn I think my delta the slot is about 1/8×7/8 . . . take 7/8 slices off of a 1/8×1 piece of black bar. Beware the fumes from the plating and galvanizing

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#10 posted 08-09-2008 02:02 AM

Thanks for all of the kind words and “tweaks”

fredf- I thought about that with my saw but the lower slot is really “thin”. The washer just about fills the gap.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 08-09-2008 02:06 AM

Nice jig, thanks for sharing I have been needing one of those but like you I am to cheap to buy something I could easily make. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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