Simple Table Saw Miter Gauge/Stop Jig

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Project by woodshaver Tony C posted 01-20-2015 01:21 AM 12403 views 48 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m making our grand-kids a bunch of Lincoln Logs. I needed a stop jig for my table saw miter gauge so I could whip out a bunch of these little logs so I came up with this little jig set up. I use some Ash and a few small pieces of Bamboo flooring. I used a 1/4” T-slot router bit to make the T- slot. Just as I got the T-slot made My new T slot bit snapped in half in the Ash, no harm done tho! Live and learn!
Thanks for looking in!
(“edit” I made some improvement to this jig. In doing that I changed out the original photos to reflect the changes.)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#1 posted 01-20-2015 02:00 AM

Great job! If that works even half as good as it looks like it does it must be awesome. If you don’t mind, I may try to make one of my own. Those grand kids are going to love the logs. Also, do my eyes deceive me, or do I see in pic. #1, a box of scraps of sandpaper in mixed grits? My box of mixed paper is one of the handiest things in the shop. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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

Tony, your table saw Miter Gauge/Stop Jig is well thought out and executed and just the right tool for the task. That stack of Lincoln Logs you made brings back fond memories for me. You really need to do a blog on how you made them I think it would draw a lot of interest. Great work buddy!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 01-20-2015 02:14 AM

Good one Tony, it looks very simple and useful.
There is nothing like a good jig to speed up any process.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 01-20-2015 02:27 AM

It really works well, you should make one for you miter gauge it’s easy.
I just set the preset stop’s and run my work through the dado blade and then flip the work for the 2nd cut then rotate the work for the opposite cut’s Then move the sliding stop for the end cuts. I didn’t show the actual board the I use. I dado a 1” x 6” board then slice 3/4” log pieces. I just put that log there for reference.
Oh.. and yes that is a box of used sandpaper. I just can’t toss them out until they are completely used up.
Thanks for the nice comments!

Lee, I should of mentioned that I got the Lincoln Log info from this fellow lumberjocker. Steve is his name, He did a blog on this subject, a mighty fine bog at that. This jig was real easy to make and it’s perfect for this work. Check out what I said to Jeff above. And thanks for the nice comments! :)

Thank Bob, This jig is just right for this job! I love easy!

HOLY Smokes! Daily Top 3 already! Crazy!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 01-20-2015 02:43 AM

Nicely done

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#6 posted 01-20-2015 03:30 AM

That is a well thought out production methode and you got it done in a hurry so the kids can play .
Do you round the logs last and what is the angle setting for the roof ?


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 01-20-2015 03:41 AM

Everyone has already said: well thought out jig for a great project! Thanks for posting.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 01-20-2015 03:59 AM

Great job Tony, thank you very much!

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#9 posted 01-20-2015 04:14 AM

Yes , I used a 1/4 round bit to round the edges. I round enough to leave a small flat spot on all four sides.
I haven’t got to the roof part yet. I think pitch of the roof can be at any angle you wish. The bog I was following set his saw at 60 degrees for the roof angle. I may just follow his lead and do the same. I’ll be doping out a few windows and doors and then I’ll make a chimney or two.
This is going to be a birthday gift for our two little 6 year old female twin grand-kids.
Here’s a picture that shows the flat area on the logs.

Thanks for the nice comments Klaus,

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 01-20-2015 04:30 AM

Wow Tony, I thought this was the beginning of a log cabin shop. Guess not. Nice work on the jig making those logs so quickly. Really cool project. Some projects are a lot more fun that others.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 01-20-2015 04:55 AM

waho6o9, Thanks for the nice coments guys, glad I could help! This is kind of fun to do and I get to play too!

It sure does look like a log cabin production going on here with all these logs in my shop. The dado’s do get done quickly when your doing dado’s on a 1” X 6” and then slicing the logs off like cutting bread slices. I’m still up in the air about staining them or just leaving them plain.
Thanks for the nice comments Dave!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 01-20-2015 05:08 AM

Tony bravo, excellent idea, compliments for
the DAILY TOP 3.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#13 posted 01-20-2015 05:18 AM

Thanks Mariva,
I can’t believe I got that Top 3 after just 3 comments! Oh well, It’s after midnight here in the in the east/USA,
Time for some sleep! Vi auguro una buona giornata Mariva!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#14 posted 01-20-2015 05:19 AM

Very useful jig, Tony! Between your jig and Steve’s blog, I bet lots of elves will be making ‘logs’ in the coming years. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 01-20-2015 05:20 AM

hey tony I use a t-slot bit often and find it helpful to hog out most of the waste with a 1/4” bit or dado stack before routing the slot, this stops the bit overloading. hope that helps with the lifespan of your next bit.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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