Close Cut Rip Jig

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Project by Tim_CPWD posted 12-31-2014 08:26 AM 4589 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the years I have found this jig very helpful and very safe. It is easy to use and made from scrap wood so the price is right. The one shown in the picture is made from 3/4 inch Oak Laminate Plywood. I also make them from 1/2 plywood for tighter/narrower cuts. However for those tasks where you can’t help cutting the jig it is no big deal since it is only scrap. Once the jig gets cut up simply toss it and make another. I usually make several at a time as I use them on a regular basis. When one gets too cut up I toss it and grab another. I like the control I get with this as it keeps downward pressure on enough of the work being cut that you do not get kick back. I won’t use a push stick as I think they are a kickback accident waiting to happen. JMHO. To make this I take a piece of scrap that is 3/4” X 5.5” x 8.25”. Measure up from the bottom 1/2” and cut 6 of the 8.25” off. This leaves a 1/2” X 2.25” stop to hold the work piece. Round the top back corner as desired and your jig is ready to use. There is no science behind these dimensions it is just what I am comfortable with. I hope this is helpful.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#1 posted 12-31-2014 10:09 AM

a fantastic idea. I will have to make a few of these. Thanks for the tip!

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 03:56 PM

I shape mine a little differently but have used them for along time. I only make mine from 3/4” plywood and let the saw cut them until they have no hook left. They are so much safer than “the traditional push stick”. I agree with you that the stick type are an accident waiting to happen.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 12-31-2014 06:39 PM

Tim I would be very interested in your thoughts on push sticks. I build a lot of models with lots of very thin ripping I have used a lot of different ways to keep all my digits. and just recently tried push sticks. While they do not work at all for thin rips they seem to have there place?
I also use currently a Delta Contractor saw with a infra Fence system.

I also served in the navy however I got out in 58

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#4 posted 12-31-2014 08:35 PM

I use something similar. The hand position helps put pressure on the front so as to keep the board down in front. I have found push stick puts the pressure on the back end of board allowing front to rise.

I made mine in three pieces, handle, body, push foot. When cut up enough, I can replace body and push foot easy enough. All pieces are scraps.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 12-31-2014 11:03 PM

DEE1 as dustyal mentioned the push stick puts all the pressure on the back edge of the work piece and there is nothing to keep the front down.

As you push the narrow piece through one edge of the wood is riding along the rip fence and the other is being cut. The blade is spinning towards you so if the work piece rubs it a little more than the fence at some point it will bring the front of the work piece up in a hurry. With nothing holding the front down (as in the case of a push stick) the work piece is likely to kick back and whack you in the face. Using the jig I showed in the picture, you have the ability to apply enough downward pressure to the entire work piece. This gives you much more control throughout the entire cut process and prevents kickback. They are quick and easy to make out of scrap. I usually cut the notch for the foot on my table saw and then round the back edge with my scroll saw. A couple of quick passes with an orbital sander to smooth the edges where I hold it and its done.

As mentioned by others there are a number of different ways to make this jig and I am sure they all work equally as well. The one I described in this thread works great for me and I use it often.

There are probably some good uses for push sticks but I am not comfortable using them so I don’t.

Nice to chat with a fellow sailor. Hope this info was helpful.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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

your style of pusher is good. however i might recommend drilling some 1 inch holes at an angle close enough together to put your fingers through. it would be a little safer than your model. i would be afraid of my hand slipping.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#7 posted 01-01-2015 02:20 AM

This jig is only 3/4 of an inch wide and with a rounded back it is very easy to hold. I have been using this deign for 18 years and have never had an issue. IMHO putting holes in it could potentially place your fingers in greater danger as they are are closer to the blade. However the cool thing is that since it is an easy to make jig you can make it the way you are most comfortable with. Lots of ways to skin the cat. The idea of drilling holes may be just the right addition for some.

Back up plan for hand slip….Saw Stop :)

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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