Spirals #2: THE Jig and how you too can make one.

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Blog entry by degoose posted 06-01-2009 08:14 AM 7227 reads 14 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: How to make the "Spiral Lazy Larry" Part 2 of Spirals series Part 3: Making the individual parts. »

I know that I disappointed a few with part one of the blog series.not showing how to make the jig. hey that is life.,. no just kidding.,
You now know how to use this nice little jig.
Now to the nitty gritty and how to make one of you own..

As much as I would love to tell you all that while sitting in my inspirational chair.. near the inspitational Altar
It came to me in a blinding flash of light.,.
Well what really happened was..
One afternoon while chatting to the staff at my local hardware store an elderly gentleman[ His name is Alan Adlem and he lives near me..about 10 miles away.].[older than me anyway] asked if they had any white wood…I struck up a conversation and asked what he wanted it for..
It turns out he is a wood turner and wanted it for a segmented bowl.. knowing the hardware only had two types of timber, soft and hard…I invited him to visit me and my little workshop.
He ended going home with a few pieces of silver ash, purple heart and some cherry [European wild cherry]
Before he left however he commented on my work and in particular the “Lazy Larrys”. He informed me that he was a retired engineer, turned wood worker and that he had a jig that he had made that would cut spiral wedges to form a circle. [I had been thinking along these lines and thought the new beasty would be ideal for making the peices using the template router facility.] He further claimed that the cut on the bandsaw needed no sanding and fit could be adjusted if need be. I said I would love to see that…
He rang me a few days later wanting to bring his jig over for my inspection. I unfortunately was busy going to the Maleny wood show..
This happened once more, on the day I went to Brisbane for the working with wood show..
I rang him a few days ago..Friday to be precise. He came over the next morning with the jig and a sample of the spiral circle,,

I took some pics and told him I could make it out of wood cause I don’t work in metal,
He left me the template that is the key to this whole jig.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 06-01-2009 12:10 PM

Wow! Still too complicated for my simple mind. I like your wooden jig better even if I still don’t quite understand it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-01-2009 02:40 PM

it’s all done with beer and mirrors !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 06-01-2009 02:46 PM

That steel jig was sure made to last Larry…........but I think yours is more readily adaptable…...jmho.

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#4 posted 06-01-2009 05:36 PM

That’s about how I thought it would be done. Layout usinfg a full sized circle to get the segment. Then, leave a minor adjustment just in case:-)

-- 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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#5 posted 06-01-2009 10:15 PM

Keep bringing me beer until I understand it!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#6 posted 06-02-2009 12:30 AM

Wel;l; a great start.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 06-02-2009 01:54 AM

Nice jig.

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 09-03-2014 05:12 AM

David, it think it is smoke and beers!! I have not read enough of this to see how to make one but I want to. this seems that it can be applicable to a lot of products..
Larry, what blog shows the making of the jig with dimensions?............thanks, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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