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MT_Stringer

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337 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: jig

While ripping a few boards today, I decided to make some set up blocks . I had a piece of 3/4 inch melamine coated shelving material (particle board core) so that is what I used.

For each block, I made trial cuts until I had exact results for each block. So far, I have 1 1/2 inch, 2 inch and 3 inch blocks. I measured each one with a digital caliper and they are right on the money. Pretty cool to measure a block and the result is 2. At 1/128 inch increments, that is close enough for the things I build. :-)

As I get busy building face frames for the cabinets that will go into our kitchen, I can set up my table saw to get repeated results every time.

No doubt there will be some larger blocks made to help me space out the drawer openings when I build the face frames.

Note: This cabinet building stuff is going to be a challenge but I feel confident they will turn out pretty nice.

I might add that I have a set of metal set up blocks but I like the idea of having my own custom set.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas


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Handtooler

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#1 posted 336 days ago

Great tip! I hadn’t thought ogh using the larger sizes than the brass sets less than 1 inch. Would HDPE be stable enough to machine down for custom made smaller set? And what wood if any would be stable enough in heat/humidity changes to be used for these larger sets? As an example Lowe’s markets a three ply laminated solid oak length of square 2 1/2” stock for table legs and such. Could it be milled to various demensions for set-up blocks?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Roger

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#2 posted 336 days ago

Good ideas

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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MT_Stringer

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#3 posted 336 days ago

@handtooler-you are asking the wrong guy about what to use for set up blocks. I use the first thing I see when I need to make one. :-)

Note: I have furniture that I built in the 80’s and it has only moved a few times…from Baytown to North Shore and then to Channelview…about twenty miles total in 25 years! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Handtooler

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#4 posted 336 days ago

Thanks for your reply, MT. LOL

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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harry1

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#5 posted 336 days ago

Good idea Mike but where are the pictures, you know that I like pictures!

-- Harry, Western Australia

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MT_Stringer

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#6 posted 336 days ago

Oh, Ok Harry. If you insist. :-)

They are 8 1/2 inches long…just what I had laying around.

Now I don’t have to measure, just set ‘em in place and set the fence.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Nygiants77

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#7 posted 336 days ago

this is a good system but it will vary a little bit depending on how tight you lock the fence

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