# Thin Strip Ripping Jig (ShopNotes Plan)

 Project by twoblacklabs posted 09-18-2015 02:12 AM 13988 views 16 times favorited 10 comments

I’ve been meaning to make this for awhile but just haven’t got around to it. Decided awhile back that I liked the ShopNotes version

Purchased the bearing a couple of months ago. Had difficulty finding a bushing to fit inside the bearing. So I had the brilliant idea of just shoving a 5/8” dowel inside. This would allow me to then drill a 1/4” diameter hole for the 1/4-20 bolt. Problem was finding the exact center of that little 5/8” diameter piece. The first version looked pretty good but once I placed the bolt and spun the bearing the slight offset became evident. Tries two and three didn’t work either. So back to 9th grade algebra. Actually, I failed that class as missed so many classes thanks to a broken clavicle that I really fell behind. So off to google. As an adult, it was so much easier to understand how to find the center of a circle by drawing 3 cords and the subsequent perpendicular lines. Here's the formula.

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One of the things that I discovered as that despite cutting the top and bottom pieces to the exact sizes on the plans, it only gave me 7/16” room between the blade and bearing surface. Doesn’t give me many options for ripping thin strips. In order to gain more room, I simply shortened the bottom piece length so that there is 1” between blade and bearing.

I needed a reference scale and happened to have an extra Incra scale that I had chopped short for my crosscut sled. While it starts at 40” versus 0”, I know what I’m looking at despite that big ole #4 LOL. In this shot, it’s set to 1/16”.

Overall I’m super happy with the end result. After zeroing the scale by placing the bearing to the saw blade (left most teeth) I set it for a 1/6” cut. As you can see, that’s EXACTLY what I ended up with.

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