Router Centering Jig

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Project by HokieMojo posted 01-15-2009 05:36 AM 15217 views 13 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This will be my last jig for a while, but I thought it might be helpful for others to see. I haven’t used it yet, but would welcome advice or warnings. I made this cut slots in some railings. I’ll use a 3/8’s inch spiral upcut bit to accomplish this. I’ll then fit slats into the grooves I cut, shich are 3/8’s inch thick and ripped to width on the table saw. I used a 3/8 semi circular router bit to roundover the sides. The best way to describe this is probably to say that the slats are shaped like REALLY long dowels for a Festool domino. I hope that helps explain what I’m trying to do.

This will be used to make a crib gate. I wanted the slats to be rounded over and I also didn’t want to use the “cut a dado, and fill the gaps with spacer block technique”. There is nothing wrong with that (as far as I can tell), I just wanted to put my own twist on things. I guess I could have used a drill press followed by a chisel to clear our the center, but thats a lot of handcut mortises and I’m on a deadline. Anyway, have a look at the photos. Basically the jig attaches to a plunge router base. you twist the router until both pegs ride along side of the board you are putting the groove in, and then plunge to make the cut.

If you want more details on the construction, just post and I’ll respond here. Hope you like it.

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#1 posted 01-15-2009 07:19 PM

Looks like it should work well. thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 01-21-2009 12:47 AM

great idea.

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#3 posted 05-06-2009 05:55 AM

centering jig are great i have made quite a few and have one for the router as well, great job.

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#4 posted 05-06-2009 06:25 AM

Now you can be well centered. good job


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#5 posted 12-02-2011 10:13 PM

Some places sell just about the same thing , but I tink yours cost less and will do the same job just as well.

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#6 posted 04-11-2012 05:45 PM

‘Works for me…
...and as a 2nd thought, yeah, I’d like the chance at putting one together for my own “muscle-memory”.


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#7 posted 04-11-2012 06:15 PM

Coupe, thanks for bringing this back to the top. It looks like a great idea to me too. I can see a lot of uses for it. I’ll probably pick up another router and leave this jig mounted to it. If I make it with inter-changeable dowels, it should work either on the face of a narrow board, or on the edge with longer dowels. Great idea Hokie.

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