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Project by Ivan posted 03-31-2018 01:26 PM 1780 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some free time to play and make this wooden chain jig. It’s made of high quality 16mm playwood. Chain dimensions are 65×41mm. On first step I drilled 15mm holes on small plates before I put them on right side of the jig. On photos you can see types of router bits I used to make chain. Something I learned here is that, second step, outer shape you make on left side of the jig, is possible only with hard wood like walnut or beech. Soft wood – firwood, pine or oak (which is also hard wood), I couldn’t make in that second step bacause router bit tears it apart -breaks it. Chain sides are only 1cm thick. So, since I start to make it with pine, I made outer shape on disc sander, after I draw rounded shape by small 3mm playwood template. Edges were rounded with other bit. Finaly, I cut them on bandsaw and glued them again together in chain form.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted





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#1 posted 03-31-2018 01:34 PM

Thanks for the sharing the jig. This may be useful. You made it look so simple.

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

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#2 posted 03-31-2018 01:49 PM

Very unique Ivan.
That jig set shows some real care in its construction. I know what you mean about some woods being “difficult” to route, hickory comes to mind.

What are you planning to build?

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#3 posted 03-31-2018 03:17 PM

very nice jigs Ivan ….makes some kewl looking chain ….now you can make a necklace for your wife …LOL ..... GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#4 posted 03-31-2018 04:48 PM

bok starino,ne znam jesi vidio da sam i ja radio lance,ali ja sam radio od bukve
probao sam i ja sa borovinom ali ne valja,bukva je za to zakon
ja sam svoje spajao sa drvenom elektrodom,a ti kako si ih zavario?heheeh
pozdrav i pazi prste

-- bambi

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#5 posted 03-31-2018 05:25 PM

Ivan,
I like your chain, it reminded me of my father who made chains in this manner from oak wood. He would put the link in a vice and break them. they would break along the grain of the wood and after gluing them back to make the chain you could not see the break line.
Thanks for posting this, I think I will give it a try.
Albert

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#6 posted 03-31-2018 05:27 PM

Ivan! That’s cheating!!! Ha ha ha!

Good to see you staying busy but you know I have to cut my all by hand!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#7 posted 03-31-2018 06:08 PM

Very clever! You have way too much time on your hands! :-)

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#8 posted 03-31-2018 06:48 PM

Interesting project Ivan! Something new to try!

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

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#9 posted 03-31-2018 07:37 PM

Thanks all for views and comments!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 03-31-2018 10:16 PM

interesting, never ever though Of making a chain from wood.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 04-01-2018 01:11 AM



Ivan,
I like your chain, it reminded me of my father who made chains in this manner from oak wood. He would put the link in a vice and break them. they would break along the grain of the wood and after gluing them back to make the chain you could not see the break line.
Thanks for posting this, I think I will give it a try.
Albert

- Albert

Maybe it is “cheating, but I think I will try this as well.

Nice chain, Ivan!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 04-01-2018 01:40 PM

Nice work, Ivan. Good design for your fixtures!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 04-01-2018 05:25 PM

Nice Ivan you’re the Jig master !

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#14 posted 04-01-2018 07:30 PM

Thanks for sharing.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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#15 posted 04-02-2018 03:09 AM

Boy that brings back memories. I did that some 40 years ago. That same jig was in one of the woodworking magazines and in fact still have the jig in the garage somewhere. last year I saw it and was going to throw it out but decided to keep it for old times sake incase I wanted to do more chain. Back then I wanted to make a 3 tier table using the chain links as legs. Was going to twist and angle the chain something similar to what they use to make old mail box post out of. Of course those were metal and welded together. I tried gluing and small nails but it did not hold up well because not much contact surface.

Thanks for showing and nice work. Many ideas come to mind with that. Walk down memory lane. Thanks.

-- John T.

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