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Blog entry by jcees posted 04-07-2008 09:25 PM 12127 reads 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, here’s one of the most useful jigs that I’ve ever made. And if I lost i tomorrow, I could build another in about fifteen minutes. I’m not going to include any dimensions as you should make one to fit your own situation.

I made this up obviously with scraps. If I made it out of anything else, it wouldn’t work any better.

When I build things there’s always some small parts in need of a little fitting. Viola!

I frequently use this #7 right side up too. It has a Hock blade with a Clifton Stay-Set cap iron. I use this setup in many of my planes and it makes it a quick job to whet the edge back into use by not without having to remove the cap iron.

So when you’ve got small pieces to make and fit, knock one of these together and discover how well you can finesse something together using a well tuned hand plane… upside down!

Beats the heck out trying to finesse a small part into submission with a palm sander.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#1 posted 04-07-2008 09:28 PM

Pretty cool fixture. Nice looking jointing plane also!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-07-2008 09:30 PM

Makes great coleslaws too.

-- Thuan

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#3 posted 04-07-2008 09:30 PM

A pretty nifty idea, simple and to the point.

Concerning your photography, the perspective of the first picture made me step back and say, “Wow, that’s some plane, it’s a big as his table saw!” Thankfully, the rest of the pictures put things in a more realistic perspective.

-- Working at Woodworking

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Al Navas

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#4 posted 04-07-2008 09:44 PM

Pretty cool, jcees!

I agree, at first I thought it was a huge hand plane – it IS big. And a handy tip, too!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#5 posted 04-07-2008 09:47 PM


Looks really useful, I take it, it is stable. I would hate for my best plane to slip and take a chunk out of my finger. Their not fussy about what I feed them :(

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 04-07-2008 09:50 PM

Interesting idea. I have a #7 that is just sitting in the cabinet. I may try this out.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 04-07-2008 10:57 PM

A man after my own heart. A simple tool jig that appears to work well. No kind of protection for the fingers which means the woodworker must be careful. I’m past 71 and still have all ten digits after a lifetime of working around sharp tools. Careful beats any kind of gaurd that dosn’t always protect. you have a great day and God Bless.

-- Merlin the Magician, Wisconsin

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#8 posted 04-08-2008 12:40 AM

Great jig Jcees. Nice & simple does the trick.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 04-08-2008 04:03 AM


-- Happy woodworking!

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Thos. Angle

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#10 posted 04-08-2008 03:01 PM

Great jig. Seems like barrel makers(coopers) used a stationary plane to work staves.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 04-08-2008 03:09 PM

Thanks all.

Yettiman, it is VERY STABLE as the jig ”fits” this plane and gravity does the rest. You’ll notice that I also have it clamped down. When I use it at the bench, I just push it against a benchstop. As to your fingers, well be careful, razor sharp tools are to be respected. In the past, I have made up a small push block when the work piece was too small to effectively push over the blade.

Scott, by all means get that #7 tuned up and put it to work, it will fundamentally change how you view woodworking. Good luck. Let me know if you need any pointers on how to proceed.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#12 posted 05-23-2008 06:54 PM

This is pretty creative. I’m very much into jigs, but I think I haven’t come by something quite like this yet. I would have to get my planes better tuned for this. Well done.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#13 posted 06-20-2008 05:27 PM

Very nice Jig. This would be perfect for truing up the soles of wooden planes. The photos fooled me as well, I thought it was a #8.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#14 posted 04-25-2010 10:32 PM

Wow jcees,

I really feel lucky to have found this post. I don’t remember what I was looking for, but I’m glad I did. I ran right down to my basement shop and made one up. It works as well as I thought it would! Awesome Dude.



-- dust control

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