Dave's Workshop #8: My Table Saw Jigs

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 01-20-2015 08:48 PM 5063 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was recently asked about the jigs I use on my Skil table saw, so I thought I’d add this blog entry about the ones I’ve built and use.

[Above and below] First up is my crosscut sled. This is the first jig I built for my table saw. It’s down and dirty with no frills added, no hold down t-tracks or anything. If I need a stop block I just clamp it to the back of the jig. The red strip on either side of the blade is a ‘replaceable’ strip I put in after the fact. Someday I’ll build a replacement for this sled, perhaps designing in that replaceable insert so that the occasional 45 degree cut won’t permanently destroy the bed of this jig.

[Below] The next pair of pictures show the 45 degree miter sled I built. If you’re going to any amount of picture frame type projects this jig is one to definitely have. It saves you from resetting your miter gauge every time and you know it’s already accurate.

[Below] The next two shots show my spline cutting jig. It’s definitely not the best but it serves. As the second picture shows I initially built this jig to straddle the fence, but a modification made that no longer possible. (I added a length of 1/8 inch steel to the fence to straighten out a bow that developed.) The jig can still be used by simply rubbing it carefully along the fence instead.

[Below] this is a combination taper jig/ edge straightening jig. This is definitely not one of my best efforts, but it works for 3/4 in. stock. The 3 arms can be tightened down on any board that will fit between the blade and the edge supporting the threaded posts.

[Below] This is a template cutting jig. I’ve used it once while cutting the angled pieces for my Cranky the Crane build. I haven’t used it as such, but in theory it can also be used as an auxiliary fence for cutting narrow pieces.

[Below] This is a mod I did with the miter gauge that came with the saw. The gauge stick was loose so I replaced it with a wooden runner that fits the miter slot better. If you plan on cutting a lot of the same angle and you need accurate, you’re better off making a jig anyway. The miter gauge has no detents and I consider it loosy goosie.

[Below] Lastly, this is a dedicated taper jig I built for some chairs I need to make. The jig is made to create two separate angles for the legs of the chair. [More info on this jig here.]

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 01-20-2015 10:31 PM

I think about got all the possibilities covered

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 01-20-2015 11:19 PM

I think about got all the possibilities covered

- NormG

I had made a tall fence, but it wasn’t square. I chucked it in the scrap bin. I’ve also considered making an extended fence because when I rip something rather long, it’s hard to align it to the fence before it gets to the blade.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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