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01-09-2015 07:35 PM

Hi all,

My name is Eric Chambers and I just joined this forum and want to say “hi” to everyone. I’ve been out of woodworking for a while, having lost many of my tools in a divorce a few years ago. I’m in the process of rebuilding my shop now. First project is to clean my garage so I have a place to work, then a few essential jigs, a few “honey do” projects and finally a bigger humidor.

I’d be interested in what you all think are “essential” jigs for a table saw and a router.

Look forward to interacting with you all.



-- "There's something that doesn't make sense. Let's go pack it with a stick."

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#1 posted 01-09-2015 08:09 PM

Welcome to LJ’s Eric. I really don’t use any jigs on my table saw. I have a router table attached to my table saw.


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#2 posted 01-09-2015 08:18 PM

Eric, welcome. I do not use many jigs on my table saw either. I do use a cross cut sled and I did use a thin piece cut off jig on the table saw. i use jigs on the radial miter saw and drill press quite a bit. I size 4×8 sheets with my circular saw a shop made straight edge, then use the miter saw to cut to length and the table saw for further rips once the sheet is a manageable size for my back and shop.

Have fun.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 01-09-2015 10:18 PM

Wait a second, you lost your tools in the divorce, but got stuck with the honey-do list? You got the raw end of that deal! All kidding aside, welcome to LJ’s. The only jigs for my table saw are a sled and a thin strip ripping jig.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#4 posted 01-09-2015 11:47 PM

I just got my latest issue of WOOD magazine in the mail two days ago and on the cover was five essential tablesaw jigs that can all be made from a half sheet of plywood. Good read and should on the newsstand for a little while, very detailed plans too.

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 02:03 AM

Thanks guys.

Honey do list is from my new sweet.

Thanks for the tip on Wood magazine. I’ll grab a copy when I’m out this weekend.

-- "There's something that doesn't make sense. Let's go pack it with a stick."

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#6 posted 01-10-2015 02:05 PM

TS: good sleds, both crosscut and 45 degree, wood aux. fence with hold down attachments for featherboards etc.
The Wood article is a good start with some good ideas. Router table: good split fence, miter gauge slot, and hold down/feather boards. The rest is personal preference. Try the William Ng website foe a good video on making a crosscut sled.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#7 posted 01-10-2015 02:34 PM

Re: the router table. Woodbum’s suggestions are good ones. I’d differ on the need for a miter gauge slot, however. If you have a table with a slot already, by all means use it. But I’d never go to the trouble of putting one in a table. The only advantage to a slot is that it’s a good way to use finger boards. I’d NEVER use one for a coping cut. A sled that rides the fence is much easier and safer, IMO.

+1 to Bigblockyety’s Wood magazine suggestion.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 01-10-2015 10:53 PM

Through a divorce 15 years ago, I lost everything, including a windsor chair business that was really taking off (making chairs for historic sites and museums). So I can understand what you have gone through in many ways. I rebuilt slowly, after many years living in an apt with no shop whatsoever. I am now remarried to wonderful woman and I’ve built up my basement shop to a pretty functional level.

Anyway, as others have said, I good crosscut sled is very useful and easy to make. Many good videos and advice all over the web. I particularly like the magna-jigs that can go anywhere on the metal table. Great safety gold downs. I have one of those magnetic featherboards also – forget the brand name. These are all expensive but really great for saving fingers. Safety is really what it’s all about on the TS! I don’t go overboard, but one really can hardly do too much in this area.

Zero clearance inserts are nice. I just make batches of them and save money that way. I want to make some jigs that slid along the fence for cutting mortises, etc. Glen Huey over at “360 Woodworking” has great and simple jigs.

Router – I only use push sticks, but get creative with these. Don’t let you fingers get anywhere near the cutter. It’s all about functional push sticks and holding the wood in lace with feather boards, etc.

God bless,


-- Forest, Virginia ; Micah 6:8

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#9 posted 01-11-2015 08:52 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will find plenty of sage advice here. Cheers, Bob

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

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