It's now a La Forge Royale

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A while back, I built my version of Benchcrafted’s La Forge Royale miter jack but without their wood screw or hardware. The Veritas quick release wonder dog was worth a try as a clamping mechanism but could not generate an adequate amount of pressure for some tasks. So I broke down and bought Lake Erie Toolworks wood screw and nut- a limited production item specifically made for this jig, figuring I’ve invested enough time and effort on the jig to justify the expense.

My local Ace Hardware had the a couple of hardware pieces I could use in lieu of the Benchcrafted metal vise parts (which were not available at the time). Now it works optimally.

Noteworthy was the time and effort it took to make the crank key- if I was doing piecework, I’d be at a fraction of minimum wage.

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#1 posted 05-26-2018 01:15 AM

Nice looking jig.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 05-26-2018 10:11 AM

I picked up an old miter jack over the winter and find it a darned handy thing to have around. Good for you, making your own!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 05-26-2018 12:06 PM

Nice jig Marcial...

Must admit I take special interest in jigs using wooden screws…

If you intend to expand wooden screws in your jig repertoire, just as an FYI (in case you may not be aware) may I suggest… there are a number of thread making devices commercially available, however, I have found the Beall Thread Maker unbeatable. Their kits are cheaper than the “cheapo” thread makers bought together… downside is you need a router/trimmer to operate it… preferably a trimmer due to it’s smaller/lighter size.

PS. No affiliation to Beall… just like their product(s).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 05-26-2018 01:23 PM

You did a fine job on this fixture and it’s a nice addition to your shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 05-26-2018 01:28 PM

Really nice job. I gotta make one of these one day. Thanks for sharing, hope it serves you well.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#6 posted 05-26-2018 04:53 PM

Really nice job Marcial. That’s on my list to make …....... among other things ;) But I think it was just pushed near the top of the list.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#7 posted 05-28-2018 04:07 AM

Thanks to all for the + feedback. Like many folks here, I’ve been hibernating for the winter, but it’s time to make sawdust. Builtinbklyn, I’ve been following your adventures in Pittsburgh- quite the shop you’ve set up there.

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#8 posted 05-29-2018 03:08 AM

Sorry, a little late to the party. Beautiful job. Like a fine piece of furniture. I’d be afraid of hacking it up with my plane, saw or chisel. On mine, I screwed in some thin ash boards along the angled faces in case of damage. Have you ever heard of a dedicated plane with runners along the sides of the plane to prevent damage to the jig? My miter jack's back faces have magnetized metal plates that I use with a no set saw to cut tenon shoulders and other cuts that won’t work well with a miter box.

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#9 posted 05-30-2018 04:23 AM

@ Elm55. As it happens, the jig already underwent a resurfacing when the wood screw mechanism was added. I looked into making the wood surfaces more difficult to mar. A process where the wood is pressure treated with resin/acrylic would do that. The guy who does that service near me was worried that the stress of impregnating the wood could cause the gluejoined areas to fail. Anyways, if you look at the old jigs, they’re pretty marked up, which is an honorable thing in a tool as long as it doesn’t impair it’s use. My concern about metal is that while if may protect the jig, that surface would put my chisels and plane blades in harm’s way.

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