All in One Jig Part 1 #1: Diamonds and Triangles

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Blog entry by dustbunny posted 10-02-2009 03:28 AM 11262 reads 90 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After posting the quilted lazy susan project,, many of you said you would like to see the jig for this project. I set out immediately to upgrade the jig. There were cuts I wanted to incorporate into this jig, and my original was warping and needed repair anyway.

So here it is – 24” X 33”



I am pretty proud of this jig, not only because I made it, but because the cuts made from this jig are right on the money.

The first thing about this jig is that I always use a sled for crosscuts on the TS. As you can see in the picture it is a Ryobi BTS21. If I can just say, the sliding table that the saw comes with is junk, and I removed it.
The sled runs on T-tracks, which you can see on the underside picture, and it is smoooooth. The TS has no miter slots so the tracks fit on edge of the table top where the sliding table was removed and where the table extension separates from the main top. One set of tracks is screwed down with flat top wood screws, so there is no play in its position. This one was important to be sure it was parallel to the blade. The other track is set with pan head screws, smaller in diameter than the track holes, and lock washers. This allows for some micro adjustment.

Yes, it’s colorful –
padauk- set at 45 degrees and 1 ½” thick for future projects with thicker wood
purpleheart- set to cut octagon shapes, diamonds, and triangles
maple- I can’t talk about because I miscalculated the length (duh) and have to redo, but these will be for cutting “framing” pieces- miter cut
oak- rectangular lengths.

All the fixture pieces are screwed down to the top of the jig using brass inserts I bought at Harbor Freight.


This jig is an all in one.

First it is used to cut the octagon shapes for the lazy susan and the quilt top boxes I’m making. Both are octagon in shape.
The jig is set to cut a 6 ½” octagon. I cut the octagon after the diamonds are glued up, and cut the whole edge flush. For the picture I showed the octagon without pieces glued on. Three corners can be cut -


The last corner needs a spacer block under the missing bottom corner like this-


Quilt top boxes ? Yes- I haven’t glued them together yet but they look like this- my daughter made the quilt top on the right-


The 12 ½” lazy susan octagon is cut in the same fashion. I move the angled PH from the box octagon to it’s new position and screw into the insert….ready to cut. Same deal as the 6 1/2” octagon.


Next, the diamonds are cut – And the modified horizontal toggle clamp is set down to hold the pieces and keep your fingers away from the blade -




And lastly, for this blog, the diamonds are cut –




Really, once you can make these two pieces and the bases, the combinations of patterns are endless.


I had fun making this jig, and making the boxes and Lazy Susans.

Thanks for looking,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#1 posted 10-02-2009 04:05 AM

Very impressive work. Both on the Lazy Susans and the Jig! Well done!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 10-02-2009 04:12 AM

Pretty impressive. Thanks for sharing. I might have to try one of these – they are beautiful.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 10-02-2009 04:21 AM

I too am very impressed.. and I am sure that Kent will be too…
I just love the modified toggle clamp!!
I will stick to boards and leave the fantastic boxes to you.
Your background in drafting thingy stuff is showing.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 10-02-2009 04:55 AM

Great tutorial. The jig is so cool!
Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 10-02-2009 04:57 AM

This looks like a great jig. I hope to make one of these some day. Thanks for sharing.

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 10-02-2009 05:10 AM

Lisa, that’s one impressive jig. Thanks for sharing.

-- John @

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#7 posted 10-02-2009 05:26 AM

so cool.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 10-02-2009 06:00 AM

amazing work and unbelievable Jig but just like Larry’s and David’s Jigs I can’t figure it out. I guess I just need to stay away from mosaic style woodworking. This so great Lisa fantastic . Thanks for sharing.


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#9 posted 10-02-2009 06:15 AM

very cool jig. I need one. Thanks for sharing

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#10 posted 10-02-2009 07:05 AM

Very nice sled and jig. I also appreciated the tutorial. very nicely done. The projects were both done nicely as well. When I show this to my wife, should I tell her that it’s imperative that she make her own and use the colors of wood also? Will it be OK for her to send you two hold down clamps, so that you can modify one for her? She’s not into bending metal! Just kidding! Seriously though TY again for all the time and effort it took to share this with us. I’ve favorited it for future reference.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#11 posted 10-02-2009 07:19 AM

That is a great jig. I need to make something like that so I can cut segments for a segmented turning.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#12 posted 10-02-2009 08:50 AM

well aren’t you the clever young lady !
very well done .
with your skills,
you could be an operating room nurse ,
or a Psyche counselor !
we are so lucky ,
to have you as a woodworker .

and a friend !

-- 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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#13 posted 10-02-2009 12:47 PM

Really neat jig to go with that really neat design.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#14 posted 10-02-2009 01:36 PM

nice sled!
I have the same tablesaw & was a little schocked when I opened the box and realized there were no miter tracks! I removed the cord wrap on the left side and have my tracks run on each end of the main table. I like the threaded inserts you are using, that’s a very clever idea! I need to work on my sled.

your double tipped hold-down is cool. I use a long pencil to hold down the cutoff currently.

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#15 posted 10-02-2009 01:46 PM

Lisa, Thanks great jig very “On the Money”. Turns out your a complete Physcopath…. also.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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