Another simple, yet effective router jig

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Project by dakremer posted 02-17-2010 03:33 AM 10851 views 31 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A really easy jig for routing mortises or dados, or grooves, etc with your router. I didn’t make it very nice – maybe someday I’ll make one thats bigger and better, but I was in a hurry and just threw it together with some scraps in 5 minutes. Its still VERY accurate and works awesome. Once the guide rails are locked down – you can slide the jig down the lumber you are routing in a perfectly straight line. If you have any questions let me know!! Thanks for looking!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 02-17-2010 03:39 AM

Pretty cool idea. Anything that makes life easier is good.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#3 posted 02-17-2010 03:42 AM

That’s an interesting take on a dado jig where you use the guides of the jig to track the router guide bush I think your version has a lot of potential it’s kind of reverse thinking I like it & a great idea thanks for sharing (guess what I’m making in the morning)

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#4 posted 02-17-2010 04:12 AM

Great idea. I have been trying to figure out a jig for keyhole hangers this may be just the ticket in an even smaller version. Thanks for the idea.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 02-17-2010 04:20 AM

great idea…thanks for posting. do you put any kind of reference mark to indicate what your center line was to make it quicker/easier for set-up on material of different thicknesses? Great job on the jig….happy routing :-)

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#7 posted 02-17-2010 04:28 AM

well what I needed it for, the dado didn’t need to be exactly centered, I just needed it exactly straight down the piece of wood – works really awesome for that. I’m sure you could set up some reference points for easier set up though. I just eyeballed it. It made a perfectly straight dado though

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 02-17-2010 04:36 AM

quick ,

simple ,

nice !

thanks .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 02-17-2010 04:46 AM

Interesting looking jig, thanks for posting this.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 02-17-2010 04:57 AM

I saw this plan somewhere and downloaded it. I wasn’t sure how well it would work but I’m glad to see it’s working well for you! Thanks for posting!

-- Jeremy, Rochester, NY

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#11 posted 02-17-2010 07:15 AM

cool idea

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#12 posted 02-17-2010 07:16 AM

The best ideas are the simplest- now how would you design a stop on each end????

-- rustic andy

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#13 posted 02-17-2010 07:27 AM

Rusticandy, I was thinking the same thing – It would be awesome to have some sort of stop. i have a few ideas, but they are all complicated, and with a such an easy jig, you would want/need an easy “stop.” I

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#14 posted 02-17-2010 08:32 AM

First of all, great idea! I especially enjoy these that are simple and effective. As I look at this I have to wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?”. I can think of about a dozen times in the last 2 months this would’ve made my life much easier.

In the case of a router with a clear base, a stop shouldn’t be needed. But anything that is thin enough to fit between the guides would allow you to use clamps on the workpiece as stop blocks. Just place the jig at each end of the path of travel and put a clamp on the workpiece against the outside edge of the jig. It’s been a long day – I hope I am making sense.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#15 posted 02-17-2010 09:13 AM

The simplest jigs are often the best. With some slightly deeper guide rails, it could also be useful for routing on the edge of wider boards such as doors. Thanks for posting

-- John

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