How do you store your jigs and when to you toss them?

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Bob #2

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09-19-2008 01:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig question

I’ve built my share of projects that required the use of one or more jigs to keep me safe and get consistent parts.
Seems that everything I make is good enough for more use from the jig should the need arise.
So far that has been rarely the case. None the less it’s hard to dismantle a complex jig knowing that an hour or two is in it and it seems such a waste to turf out all that machining.

So what do you guys do and is it worth the bother to sort and keep them?

I have 3 or 4 boxes of “jigs ” that I could use … sometime. <g>



-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#1 posted 09-19-2008 01:47 AM

Bob it have been my experience that if I toss it, I’ll need it as soon as I can’t recover it.
Having said that; I toss my jigs and I have never (touch wood) needed them again.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#2 posted 09-19-2008 02:41 AM

I have a few. I usually toss them when I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I will never figure out what it was I made it for in the first place. Or if it’s one that I know I will never need again, unless held at gun point and made to build that particular piece again.

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#3 posted 09-19-2008 02:42 AM

Oh, and in answer to your first question, I have most of them hanging from the ceiling joist.

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#4 posted 09-19-2008 03:14 AM

If they are specificto a project I write on them with a sharpie ”<project name=”true”> <part name=”true”> <year>” and put them in a box labeled similarly then they go in the rafters.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#5 posted 09-19-2008 06:40 AM

I never throw them out

time is the most valueable resource we have….........why would one ever make one twice?

jigs are the reason they made walls….......more places to nail them on

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 09-19-2008 06:50 AM

I haven’t made many jigs, but I would be hard-pressed to throw any of them out.


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#7 posted 09-19-2008 12:32 PM

I keep all my jigs, but storage is the problem. I must look into making some space in the eaves of the workshop to store them for the long term. you just never know when you might have to make the same projects again!

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#8 posted 09-19-2008 02:16 PM

The only jigs I’ve tossed out were the ones that went along with the tool that was replaced as well. Most of those went out with the old tablesaw or bandsaw. I have replaced another, but only because I made it better. Other than that, my existing jigs hang wherever they might fit.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 09-19-2008 06:00 PM

My jigs are scattered around, just like my tools.<;o)

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 09-20-2008 01:10 PM

Hi Bob;

I keep the ones that are difficult to reproduce, or that get used often. They’re hanging on the walls.

The rest get chucked.

This is a tough question for most of us. It’s like saying what size board is worth keeping?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Bob #2

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#11 posted 09-20-2008 01:37 PM

“It’s like saying what size board is worth keeping?”

Lee, that was going to be my next question. <vbg>


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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