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Forum topic by cajunpen posted 05-29-2007 06:32 AM 5112 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-29-2007 06:32 AM

Has anyone used the Incra Universal Positioning Jig on their Router table yet? Shop Smith had a great review on them in this issue and I’m bitting at the bit to order one. Just wonder how difficult they are to master. Any suggestions/comments?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#1 posted 05-29-2007 06:38 AM


-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-29-2007 07:02 AM

Yes, It was WoodSmith – at least I think. I am running out of steam tonight and the mind is on it’s way to bed.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 05-29-2007 03:28 PM

I have the Incra system on my table saw and router table. It’s called the TS3 when it’s mounted on the saw. But I have the router surface mounted to the right of the table saw making a wide table. and the Incra works on both tools.

I’ve not used it for dovetails, because I have the Leigh Jig. I had the older version of the positioning system and upgraded to the LS version.

I’m very happy with it. In face I modified my sliding table on the table saw and put an Incra Gauge on it to allow for more accurate wood cutting (in Length).

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#4 posted 05-29-2007 05:21 PM

I do not own it but used it once at a friend’s shop. It seemed nice. For me, I probably would not purchase it for my shop. Part of the fun for me is creating jigs and trying to make the fixtures on my own. That said, the Incra did what it said and worked well. I love their miter guages, but again, I ended up creating a fence to attach to my normal cast iron guage. Write a review if you end up getting it!

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#5 posted 05-30-2007 02:40 AM

Bill: I just looked at the Woodsmith article. That is a plastic jig I believe, The one that I have is full metal. I don’t know how this version works.

I believe that this is a re-issue of the first jig that they made. It’s a less expensive jig than the all metal ones.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#6 posted 05-30-2007 04:49 AM

Yes Karson, it is a plastic jig – don’t know how well it will hold up, but it’s one of those things that I saw and “had to have”. I ordered it today, as well as the wooden hinge jig. I will post something on it after I’ve had a chance to play with it. If it works as advertised, I’ll use it until it plays out then upgrade to the aluminum set.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 05-30-2007 08:34 AM

I’m still working the heck out of my original Incra Jig Ultra. Great for doves, box joints, sliding doves and any situation where you need to sneak up to the perfect cut by thousands of an inch. The original is anodized aluminum, but all the indexing teeth on the fence and crossbeam are plastic. Love it!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 05-31-2007 05:15 AM

I’ve been using the jig for a while and really do like it. Mine is all plastic and very accurate. Mine came with a video that was very helpful. I’d say it’s worth the money.

The mastery part took some practice. I use it mainly for half-blind dovetails but have done box joints and sliding dovetails as well as used it with edge forming bits. You’ll really like the way you can sneak up on the final cut.

-- Nicky

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#9 posted 05-31-2007 12:42 PM

Thanks Douglas and Nicky – I feel like I made a good choice. My real passion in woodworking is boxes – I’m thinking that the Incra just might be what I need. Do you guys leave it on your table all the time – of just when you need to make a joint? I’m wondering if it is appropriate for “everyday” routing needs.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 05-31-2007 02:30 PM

doesn’t one fish with plastic jigs? just a question….

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#11 posted 05-31-2007 06:55 PM

I’ve been using the Incra Jig Ultra on the Woodpeckers Router tabel for about 7-8 years and liked it so much I bought the table saw fence (TS-3) for my contractors saw. I t was a great upgrade. When I bought my Unisaw I thought about using it instead of the Beismeyer that came with the saw but didn’t. Incra makes a great product the fence is extremely accurate and easy to use. The fence can be set at 1/32 inch intervals the has a micro-adjustknob for even smaller adjustments. Also the built in tape makes it easy to reset the fence at the exact setting for great repeatability of previous cuts. It’s great for other jobs other than dovetails and boxjoints. My advice its skiip the plastic jig and look for the aluminum model . If you have a router built into your table saw extension you can use the table saw fence for both table saw and router. Check out or my shop tour video on this site, The Great Barn Tour. Search this site for Challenge02 Any Q’s email me.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#12 posted 06-01-2007 05:31 AM

I honestly have never used one, but I’m jonesing for one after I saw it at woodcraft

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#13 posted 07-24-2007 03:28 PM

I recently bought the Incra LS 25 “Super System” for my router table. I am just beginning to use it, but so far, I love it.

See my blog entry about it here:

Just last night I made a “Greene & Greene style” exposed box-joint for a desk drawer (irregularly spaced pins). The Incra made it easy and painless.

The jig is expensive (and takes up a lot of room), but very good.

-- -- Matt Sanfilippo, Pittsburgh, Pa.,

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#14 posted 02-02-2009 05:29 PM

I just picked up the “original” incra jig at an estate-sale as I wanted to get one of their fences for a long time, but just could never afford their LS positioner systems (maybe in the future). the DVD that came with this one is very informative and makes it look like it shouldn’t be much of a hassle to get joints done with the jig as long as you keep to the technical instructions that they give you.

can’t wait to start using it (need to fabricate router table top as mine got ruined in the last winter by soaking up water from a flood in our basement) and I’ll def. write up a review or some sort once that is done. hope you get a good experience with yours !

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

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