straightline ripping jig

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Project by HokieMojo posted 01-11-2009 07:41 AM 12559 views 17 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve seen a lot of people asking about how to get a straight line on a board without a jointer. I don’t have a jointer, but I found this link at and thought it was immensely helpful. I followed the instructions to a T and created three jigs using one sheet of MDF just like the video suggests. I’ve used this so many times, I can’t even count. Every rough board that enters my shop gets one rip using this jig. Hopefully this helps some of you out some as well.

there are two pictures. One of the jig by itself, and one with a router showing how the router would be used. The really useful application is the circular saw side though. Sorry I don’t have a picture to go with that aspect of the jig.

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#1 posted 01-11-2009 11:57 AM

looks and sounds like a very useful jig…I’m think’n I need to build me one!!

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#2 posted 01-11-2009 06:29 PM

Important note : not all routers having the shaft centred on the base – so make sure to maintain the router in constant position all the way through especially those with round bases (unless it is a bearing guided routing).

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 01-11-2009 09:21 PM

I second the comment about the router base. Also, remember when using one of these for ripping, that depending on which of the cut-off you clamp it, you need to remember about blade width. Wanna guess why I mention that? Doh!

I’ve got two (one short, one long) I made from some scrap 1/2 ply from another project. They are quite useful. If they didn’t mention it in the video, take a permanent marker and label the jig with the tool and blade/bit used. And mark the router base so you always run the same edge against the cleat.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#4 posted 01-11-2009 09:45 PM

woodworm. Good call on the router comment. Another thing is that you need to use the same router each time, because the bases might be different sizes. This isn’t the router I use, but I slapped it on there to demonstrate.

rwyoung. good point about the labeling. you can kind of see that I did that if you click the first pic, but I’m glad you pointed it out because I should have thought to mention it in the post. For the router and saw, it is important to keep the setup constant.

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#5 posted 01-12-2009 05:22 AM

Great Jig

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 01-14-2009 06:18 PM

I’ve got a couple of these, too, but I’m having trouble figuring out a good way to store them in my garage. How are you guys keeping them so they don’t get damaged?


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#7 posted 01-15-2009 05:48 PM

I’ve got them leaning against a wall, so no, that is not the best way to store them. I would think an easy and good way would be to put a hole through the piece and hang them on a wall. They would take upa a lof of space, but if you were willing to hang all 3 from one peg, it wouldn’t be too bad.

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#8 posted 04-05-2009 02:10 AM

This is a great jig thanks for posting it. Now how do I make it so its all straight…..

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#9 posted 04-06-2009 10:22 PM

the key is using the factory edge. it is pretty good to get you started with an edge good enough to put on a tablesaw.

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#10 posted 11-12-2009 05:00 AM

Looks like a very useful jig. This would really come in handy. Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 11-20-2009 11:50 PM

Well, it’s been a year now and I still use it all the time. Hopefully it can help a few more people because it is affordable and make relatively accurate cuts. not as good as a tablesaw or store bought jig, but its particularly good for breaking down plywood sheets. Good luck!

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