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BigFoot Products Canada

620 posts in 1991 days


1966 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: jig

In case you hadn’t noticed I love to make JIGS..:) If something interests me I’ve got to give it a shot, see if I can make one and even improve on it.
What are your most favourite? Tablesaw, router, drill press, bandsaw .. whatever, bought or Shop-Made, makes no difference. I’d be interested in hearing about it, along with your likes and dislikes about any particular jig.
Also.. anything you can think of that you might want a jig made for? I’m looking for some more interesting challenges. If I like the idea… you might see it posted..:)
Thanks


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TomHintz

207 posts in 1996 days


#1 posted 1966 days ago

I had the good fortune to have a master cabinetmaker live across the alley from me. He mentored me big time when i began woodworking and encouraged me to “learn how someone else does it, then put your touch on it.” The “Auto-Widh Dado Jig” at the link below is probably the one I use most but there are several that evolved from things he showed me over the years. It also has become the most popular jig/plan on my site over the years.

Auto-Width Dado Jig

-- Tom Hintz, www.newwoodworker.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 1966 days ago

I haven’t used jigs much, but I remember my dad and grandpa setting up jigs to cut the rafters for a Gothinc Arch roof for my dad’s barn. It was 54×54 and 26’ high. The arch covered about half of the width. They had built the barn with hand saws until they got to cuttting those rafters. One of my uncles had just purchased a table saw, so they borrowed it. Cutting all those long rip cuts for those rafters would have been an life long task by hand!! I suppose a scale model would be sort of interesting, if you wanted to tackle it.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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BigFoot Products Canada

620 posts in 1991 days


#3 posted 1965 days ago

Hi Tom,
I took a quick look at that. Seems like a simple yet practical jig. I see that you are selling the plans for your version.
If I make one similar I will be posting mine for free.
Thanks for sharing!

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Ryan Shervill

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#4 posted 1965 days ago

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BigFoot Products Canada

620 posts in 1991 days


#5 posted 1965 days ago

Thanks Ryan, I’ll check it out

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Rob

197 posts in 2265 days


#6 posted 1965 days ago

David,

I tried to make this once, but it didn’t turn out to be all that accurate. Perhaps you could come up with a better method. I’ll tackle it again in the future before I shell out money for one.
But I would like a centre finding jig for round stock.
Any ideas?

Rob

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BigFoot Products Canada

620 posts in 1991 days


#7 posted 1965 days ago

Hi Rob,
Hmmm.. That should not be all that difficult. Right off I can see a holder to hold the round stock stable, then
a level square frame above it with a standard center finder jig, lowered onto the piece below.
What is your goal with this? To put a pencil line along it or to be able then to drill through it. I assume drill through it and that part would be simple once you decide where, you just take it to your drill press and drill it. Only change in the standard center finder jig would be to place a bushing you could drill through on center.
I’ll look at it for you…
Thanks
David

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niki

426 posts in 2678 days


#8 posted 1965 days ago

Hi David

Click on my name to open my personal page…or just go directly http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/niki

On the right to the “Latest Activity”, click on “View All” and you’ll get a list of all the jigs that I made…

Maybe, on a few posts, the pictures are missing (from the time that I lost my Photobucket account)...

I love them all and use them all…

As for Dado cutting jig, here is a link to a PDF file (you’ll see a few more jigs there)
www.woodsmithshop.com/download/204/adjustabledadojig.pdf

Best regards
niki

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BigFoot Products Canada

620 posts in 1991 days


#9 posted 1965 days ago

I’ll have a look thanks Niki..

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Woodchuck1957

944 posts in 2362 days


#10 posted 1965 days ago

I bought a center finder, and I made one just like it. Pretty simple design, a circle with a V cutout for the dowel to sit in, then a straight edge up the center of the V.

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lew

9943 posts in 2353 days


#11 posted 1965 days ago

Where would you like to start????

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

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BigFoot Products Canada

620 posts in 1991 days


#12 posted 1965 days ago

Yes I have that one also. I thought maybe he was looking for one to mark center length wise.
If not your right that one works.. Why fix it if it ain’t broke..:)

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BigFoot Products Canada

620 posts in 1991 days


#13 posted 1965 days ago

Quite a collection..:)

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Francisco Luna

936 posts in 1991 days


#14 posted 1965 days ago

The Jig of Jigs is a handplane, I have never built one, but I am in that way…...:-)

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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BigFoot Products Canada

620 posts in 1991 days


#15 posted 1965 days ago

Moai,
I’ve seen those but I don’t personaly use a plane much. There are several plans available for those if you search a bit I’m sure you will find something you like.
I think that WOOD Magazine has plans for one out of Walnut and Maple it was a real show stopper.

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