Crosscut jig for small pieces

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Project by footprints posted 12-30-2014 10:58 PM 11602 views 48 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a variation on a jig a fellow Lumberjock posted some time ago. It’s purpose is to prevent the dangerous situation shown in the second photo. Stops on miter fences and cross cut sleds are fine for pieces over one inch but can fling a short piece back in your face if it gets caught between the stop and the blade. This can be prevented if the miter and cut off piece is pushed all the way past the blade but then I have to reach over the blade to retrieve the piece.

The key to holding the jig in place are Madswitches (photo 3) which are available at Amazon, Rockler, etc. Turn the knob and you have 90 pounds of hold-down force. Drill a 30 mm hole in any 3/4” stock, insert, place on the table or band saw table and it replaces all those clumsy clamps used to hold down jigs.

Back to photo one. Cut a curve in 3/4” MDF and glue on a piece of brass shim stock (.012” thick) on the curve so it hangs over the end of the curve. Move the jig so the shim stock rubs against the back of the blade just below the teeth to pick up and guide the pieces around the curve. Fill any miter slots in the table near the discharge end of the jig so the pieces don’t get caught. Place a stop on the right hand side of the blade, advance the stock to the stop and cut away. Photo 4 shows how the pieces march around the corner and away from the blade. Photo 5 shows 8 feet of stock cut in 10 minutes.

-- Ray, Lakeland, FL

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#1 posted 12-30-2014 11:26 PM

Must be a long day, took a bit to figure it out but great idea! Was cutting up some chunks of maple the other day for a end grain board and a piece did get shot across the shop, going to build this jig for sure.

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 12:02 AM

Thanks for sharing this ingenious and safe jig setup.
That and for adding on to my already way to looooong list of shop projects!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 12-31-2014 01:22 AM

I’d love to see a video of this girlie in action. :-)

Great jig!

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#4 posted 12-31-2014 02:41 AM

Now that is pretty slick….thanks for sharing

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 12-31-2014 05:35 AM

Thanks footprints for sharing this great idea. I too had a piece of stock shoot past me making Christmas gifts. I will be working on one of these in the near future.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#6 posted 12-31-2014 08:07 PM

Pretty cool. I too would love to seea video.

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#7 posted 12-31-2014 08:14 PM

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#8 posted 12-31-2014 08:44 PM

Awesome, nice and safe. Great job!

-- Making Sawdust is great stress relief...

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#9 posted 12-31-2014 11:04 PM

Also a great jig for cutting string or inlay material. That deflector ensures it doesn’t get stuck or sucked into the zero clearance. Just jig up a sled and remove that half to the left of the blade.

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#10 posted 01-01-2015 02:04 AM

Looks good. How did you get those off-cuts to line up like that?

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#11 posted 01-01-2015 12:26 PM

I did take a video for daves1but can not figure out how to attach it to this reply. A little help please!

OldRocker, they line up this way naturally if you have a generous radius on the curve. Make the curve as large as possible to steer the pieces away from the blade

-- Ray, Lakeland, FL

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#12 posted 01-01-2015 12:50 PM

I’m no video guru. Heck… I don’t even have a youtube account, but I know you can easily link to them and most guys can embed them in posts. On my iOS tablet, I have to go to the youtube site to view. This is why so many guys embed the vid in the posts, and add a link to the video on YouTube as well.

This is a jig I want to understand better. Hope you get it figured!

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#13 posted 01-01-2015 02:28 PM

Never heard about those magswitches before. such a great addition. this is the first time that i find a drawback with my felder sliding table-saw (in compare to cabinet saw, which seems that most americans own) – the sliding part of the saw is aluminum and therefor not magnetic. damn…. but still it is usable since the other half of the table is cast-iron.
Anyway its a great jig. going to built if for sure. thanks for that and for the magswitches.

-- Only by the 4th time I realized how it was suppose to be done in the first place.

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#14 posted 01-01-2015 08:04 PM

Going to have to add this one to my favorites for sure. Thanks for sharing, Ray.

-- ....And on the seventh day the Lord created the Les Paul...and it was good.

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#15 posted 01-08-2015 12:19 PM

Great jig for the segmented turner, or any other serial-small-part-cutter!
Adds both convenience and safety.
Thanks Ray

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