Stake Pointing Jig

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Project by RussInMichigan posted 07-07-2014 02:09 PM 4258 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine asked if I could convert some 2 by stock into pointed stakes he could use in his gardens. I thought a jig would be the best bet, and it would make for a consistent result.

I started the process by ripping the 2 X 4 and 2 X 6 stock into 2 X 2’s and cutting them to length.

The jig consisted of a base with a clamping device on it. I have blank table saw sled I use for throwing together jigs like this. The sled is just a piece of 3/4” Baltic birch plywood with a miter track runner. The clamping device here consists of a short piece of 2 X 6 screwed to the plywood then having two toggle clamps attached on top of it.

Photo four shows the jig with a stake clamped in place and a pile of the cutoffs. To make the point centered on the stake I positioned a stake so the blade would cut through the center of it. Then, as shown circled in photo 5, I marked the stake at the back edge of the 2 X 6. Then, for each of the stakes, I marked off the same distance from what was to be the pointy end and aligned that to the back edge of the 2 X 6.

Image 6 shows the result. They came out looking good.

Have a great day, lumberjocks.

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#1 posted 07-07-2014 03:38 PM

Nice – I like the idea of a “blank sled” for things like this. It will be a shame to put those perfect points in the ground :)

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 06:56 PM

Nice handy jig!!..............Jim

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

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#3 posted 07-07-2014 09:24 PM

they look good, nice presentation and explanation.

I hope your friend eliminated all the vampires from the garden!

You didnt mention the angle, not that its that important as they would still hurt.

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 07-08-2014 12:49 PM

Thank you for the feedback, lumberjocks.

CincyRW, the “blank” sled comes in handy for all sorts of ad hocuses. I use it to make circles and various polygons. I “joint” odd-shaped pieces with it. I’ve used it to put tenons on round and rectangular stock. I’ve splined corners with it, cut half-laps, and screwed fences to it to make coves. It really is handy. My workspace is only a couple hundred square feet so I don’t have a lot of room to keep dedicated jigs around. So, when a special need arises I reoutfit the “blank” sled, and I’m off and running.

Jim, we should have coffee somewhere near Woodcraft sometime soon.

Rob, my friend uses these stakes for lots of things in his garden, not just ridding it of all those pesky vampires. He uses them to make signs, for instance, as parts of his gardens are memorial spaces for family and friends. Some of the stakes are long(6-7 feet) and are put in the ground so two, three or four stakes criss-cross to function as trellises. It looks impressive to see the clematis and morning glories separate at ground level and then intermingling a few feet up. One year he used the stakes to suspend some old bed springs for plants to climb. He’s always coming up with new ways to use them.

The angle is about one in three/four. My friend is seventy something and can’t hammer blunt stakes anymore.

Have a great day, folks.

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