Shop Made Jigs, Fixtures and Solutions #3: Hexagons, Octagons and Math...oh my!

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Blog entry by DaveTPilot posted 12-13-2011 05:07 PM 4493 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello Guys and Gals,

It has been a while since I’ve been on the site, or in the shop for that matter, due to the busy shedule of my new job. I just recently started working in the shop again and it feels great! As some of you may know, I love building shop made jigs and fixtures as well as finding inexpensive solutions to woodworking challenges.

I am in the process of building a dovetail jig from plans in a ShopNotes issue. The jig uses threaded knobs. I didn’t have any in the shop and did not want to spend time or money acquiring some so I decided to make some. I wanted to cut them in the shape of a hex nut to make them look like large wooden nuts. (Let the jokes begin.)

The challenge was to draw a regular hexagon, one with 6 equal sides, on a given width board that I wanted to use. After some research, I found a formula and created a couple of different methods. I posted the pics below or you can find them at Pilot Woodworks and go to Tips and Tricks. If you follow the above links, you can click on the pictures to increase the size.

I also posted a method for drawing regular octagons. I’ll post pics of the knobs at a later time.

Later time :)

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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#1 posted 12-14-2011 03:10 AM

start drinkin Ocean Spray Juice. The big jugs caps have perfect indents in them. check out the caps on my projects page. they work gr8

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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