Shopsmith Raised Panel Jig #1: A no tilt jig for Shopsmith Raised Panels

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 05-19-2017 11:17 AM 1180 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First I want to thank Charles Neal for the main idea of this jig.
Next after owning my Shopsmith 20 years and having cut my first raised panels on an 8 inch Craftsman table saw, the search had been on for a non tilting table jig. Anyone can make the standard over the fence jig and high fence iig it will cut the panels, but the one give up owners know is the bevel cut. All my others saw cuts are no problem and my accessory jigs are fine. Like any other table saw owner a bevel cut is maybe 1/4 of the cuts done. I also like the ease of doing panels on the table saw rather than some high cost router bit and an extra cost variable speed router. I have a vertical raised panel bit for my router and a 2 hp router but find the 2 to 3 passes slow and pains taking to get the nice profile. This morning checking utube Charles Neal showed a Compound Mortise and Tenon Jig for chair parts. I watched and saw the tilt action and the angled tenons. Thats all I needed. His video even gives his measurements. Essentially an over the fence design, a spacer box and a second frame to tilt the board being cut. bolts lock the tilt angle. His is even 24 inch long for the chair part, perfect for many raised panels. No I don’t have the photos I am sending any reader to the expert Charles Neal utube. Watch this jig. Apply your skills and you should be able to build your own jig. If you want a solid idea of how to build a panel cutting jig go to Norm Abrams (utube ) jigs and accessories New Yankee Workshop. they still show his tv episodes on other sites and his cross cut sled is there then his panel cutting sled. To show a great project with the raised panels, look up Norm Abrams blanket chest. It is too large in my opinion. But all tongue and groove joints, only screws into the bottom panels—-I made a scaled down version 36×18 x 18. But 6 raised panels. and breadboard ends on the top. It is also in his book with most dimensions, and on utube a step by step ( free ) how to. Hard to beat that.

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