Thin strippers - for short and long strips

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Blog entry by mafe posted 03-29-2019 01:02 AM 1333 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thin strippers
for short and long strips

Here a couple of jigs I made yesterday, some call them rippers, but I find that kind of barbaric (Jack the Ripper) and since you can strip in all directions, not just rip and often in fiber boards also, then strippers must be the right name – even if some may lift an eyebrow, but as we say in Denmark ‘for the pure, every thing is pure’. ;-)

Let’s start in my sketch book, that’s where a lot of this stuff starts, as ideas or notes, that then are developed or just brought to life. This one is just a sum of many different versions, I have seen over time and the fact, that on the first one I made a long time back, it was not easy enough, to replace the backing board. So it was time for a new one.

We start by cutting the old one in half and use it in the shop fire stove, it was dead ugly also and I never felt all sure with that handle near the saw blade, but it has made a load of strips for me, so I smile as it goes up in flames. Here it is in half… RIF rest in flames.

Here the material for the new stripper jig as well as my threaded insert tools, since I plan to use one of those.
The wood is from an old trashed table leg, I ran it through the table saw on all four sides, to remove the paint and square it up.

Not sure I will need the insert jig, but the bit driver, will come handy.

Drilling a hole at the end of the wood, this is for the insert and the distance from the edge, should match up with the wing bolt that will go into it, so the bolt are free of the table.

Driving in the threaded insert.

Marking up, how deep it goes into the wood.
On the table you can see the winged bolt I’ll use.

Marking up for the rabbet, that will hold the backing board.

Cutting a rabbet.
Size as you want, perhaps I’ll make it higher later, if needed, but this is fine I think.

Just enjoyed taking this picture.

Next up, is where I could have use of a thin stripper, but I manage with a push stick.
Making sticks that fit into the rabbet.

Making a bunch while the saw is setup.

Just a zoom, also just liked to take that one. ;-D

As always I write on jigs, like this I don’t trash by mistake.
And the sticks are no exception, they will be sawn to pieces in use, so it’s nice to have them ready.

Can you handle the job MaFe – well sure!
Ok, bad humor, this is just a couple of circles, that marks for the handle.

Then sawn out on the band saw.

Rounded a wee for comfort.

Then finding it’s position.

And drilling hols on the drill press, with a counter sink combo bit.

Predrill into the handle and then put the screws in.
I use as loon screws as possible, to get high up to reach the grain, that goes all the way through the handle.

We got a thin stripper!
Here a piece of MDF goes towards the saw blade, the ripper runs along the fence and the backing stick supports and prevents kick back.

On the other side.

Ok stop MaFe!

Hanging on the wall, next to the band aid (and half the man he used to be…), waiting for next time I need strips, while my daughters child picture smiles at me.
Life sure is sweet and I am a lucky man.

Ok, but now we are at it…
The stripper type I made are only for relatively short strips, since it is limited by the fact it has to run along the fence. So let’s make one for long strips also, this one will be specific for my Festool table.
First I square up the rest of the table leg and in a smaller size.

With epoxy I glue in a piece of threaded rod.

Cut it over at the table saw once the epoxy was set.

60° on the sides, at the band saw.

Rounded it up on the disc sander and screwed it into one of these alu system profiles, after I threaded the profile end.
(I got a bunch of these years back for next to nothing).

The profile fits into the miter gauge on the saw and so it can be easy adjusted and moved to the desired position.
Now the strips can be as long as you want.

When you use this setup, you move the fence towards the stop for each cut, as the wood gets thinner and thinner for each cut, like this you are sure to get the same thickness each time.

Giving the long stripper a few words and a cord.

Before it goes up on the wall, to part up with some of all the other jigs and my so sweet daughter.
(Can you spot the thing wrong on the picture?).

Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps even a thin stripper…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 03-29-2019 01:26 AM

Thanks for the ideas, Mads! I made something similar to the second and use it often. The only thing I see wrong with the picture is that your wonderful little daughter has grown up :^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-29-2019 01:44 AM

Lew, big smile, thank you.

Mathilde has grown into this beautiful, so I’m quite pleased, both for her and with her.
On the picture we are in my work shop sewing together on my sewing machine, she finished high school last year, are planning to become a constructing architect and have skilled creative hands, in so many ways, besides that, she has grown into a clever woman and keept her beautiful child inside – so yes I’m a really proud daddy.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#3 posted 03-29-2019 09:44 AM

”strippers must be the right name – even if some may lift an eyebrow, but as we say in Denmark ‘for the pure, every thing is pure’ ”

I can’t be very pure as I lifted two eyebrows Mads and was most disappointed when I saw what it actually was. LOL.

Seriously though, this is a great blog as usual and I laughed at your Band Aid holder. I even felt a little sorry for him. Is that weird?

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 03-29-2019 04:37 PM

Good one Mads. Now woodworkers have a choice of a ripper, a stripper or a gripper! I do like the miter gauge and sliding table on your Festool saw table. I have a similar set-up on my combi machine, except that the miter fence is attached to the sliding table and not the miter gauge, but it can also be angled and locked in place. It is great for cutting thin strips, except that I am now mostly using my new Dewalt saw and I will be making a thin strip jig in the near future, so I will keep your design in mind when I do. It was nice to see Mathilde all grown up into a beautiful young lady and tell her I wish her great success in the next phase of her education.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 03-29-2019 05:26 PM

Cool stuff. I like the wooden tipped fencing. That’s a neat idea. The stripper, I’m going to make me some of these and label them the Mafe series- hang them on the shop wall for use. Thanks. The only little amendment I can see is, that perhaps we might make the handle on the stripper in such a manner so that my knuckles don’t inadvertently end up on top of the blade at some point. Just provide a little more meat on the bottom of the handle where it attaches to the block in the event one day I should trim some thicker material slats or such. They’re both a big go in my book. Thanks for sharing all.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#6 posted 03-31-2019 10:40 PM

You must be so proud to have her following in Papa’s footsteps. She certainly has a wonderful role model.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Matt Vredenburg

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#7 posted 04-01-2019 06:17 AM

I love your post. That’s a great idea for many applications in the wood shop. Thanks for sharing!

-- Matt, Arizona

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#8 posted 04-09-2019 01:33 PM

Thanks for the comments.
Matt Vredenburg, thank you! It’s those jigs that we love to have, when we need them.
lew, I am more than proud, humble and amazed. That was really kind words, now my face turned red also. Thank you, from my heart.
Chris, ‘the MaFe’s series’, big smile that’s a fine compliment with a smile build in, thank you. For the handle, it was an experiment to make a round one, at first I wanted to make a Stanley type, but thought it would be great to have as many ‘holds’ as possible – I actually find it brilliant to hold. One could move it a wee to the right side, if you worry for your hands… What does a left handed person do here?
stefang, thank you, yes she is a thing of beauty Mathilde, I get surprised every time I see her, that she is no longer a child, but a full grown beautiful woman. (And I miss to have her living at home). I will love to have a combi machine one day, but it’s not possible in my little workshop, so I use the Festool and it’s a wonderful saw, but not a real cabinetmaker saw,
Brit, I know your not! But you have a pure heart, this I have seen in real life (you can be a wee un-pure if your heart is pure). ;-) You feeling sorry for the band aid guy, witness it. ;-)
Best thoughts, laughs and smiles,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#9 posted 04-09-2019 03:06 PM

Thank you Mafe. I’m serious, I’m literally going to write the “Mafe Series” on the jigs that I build. Reminder of one of my fine friends everytime I use it. Keep posting cool things. I love em all.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#10 posted 04-09-2019 05:04 PM

Thanks. :-)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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