Board Edge Straightening Jig - Table saw

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Project by mel52 posted 07-12-2020 12:10 AM 1227 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have been needing a board edge jig for awhile now and decided to build a universal type. I got a piece of melamine 3/4” X 12” X 4 foot, a 3 foot piece of track on sale from Rockler and two sets of toilet bowl bolts. I will probably make some knobs to replace the nuts on the bolts. I used my router to cut dados for the track. After cutting the track into thirds I epoxied then into the grooves, then used screws. I made the hold downs from scrap ash I had laying around. After playing around with it on the table saw for awhile decided that I could cut up to six feet of wood with it using in/outfeed rollers. Anything longer and I will go back to screwing the wood to a longer straight edge.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#1 posted 07-12-2020 12:59 AM

That is a dandy!

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 07-12-2020 01:13 AM

Great jig! Nice way to get the edge straight

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

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#3 posted 07-12-2020 01:25 AM

Nice jointer type sled, Mel. That will do a very fine job!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 07-12-2020 02:05 AM

A very handy sled.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 07-12-2020 02:51 AM

Great work Mike…nicely thought out and a Jig you can be very proud of. It has a professional look to it and probably better than a bought Jig.

Very practical additional to the shop…....By the way…You have a really nice shop.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#6 posted 07-12-2020 03:22 AM

Woodknack, Jim, Swirt, Cliff, thanks for the comments. Woodshaver, when it comes to getting a straight edge, I need all the help I can get. Mike

-- MEL, Kansas

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#7 posted 07-12-2020 05:13 AM

This is must habe in every shop… Good work!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 07-12-2020 06:10 AM

Ivan, thanks for the comment, greatly appreciated. Mike

-- MEL, Kansas

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#9 posted 07-12-2020 09:50 AM

I made one of those. Nice job.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 07-12-2020 01:24 PM

Handy dandy jig with a well thought out design. For all those angled cuts there’s nothing better.

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

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#11 posted 07-12-2020 02:42 PM

I love simple jigs that make things so much easier. Nice job!
The hold downs are sweet! I made something similar a while back, a dedicated tapering jig with a fence. Kind of “over thought it” It works well, but can be persnickety and hard to set up. I like yours much better!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#12 posted 07-12-2020 10:38 PM

Tell me about those holddowns, please. What sort of wood? Seems like the end grain would be very weak for that sort of application. Judging by the quality of your work, I’d say that you obviously know what you’re doing, so I don’t doubt that they will be strong enough but I do wonder why.

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#13 posted 07-13-2020 01:33 AM

Nice MEL. That is one handy jig.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 07-13-2020 01:44 AM

Buck – The wood is Ash, it just looks like end to end grain in the picture. I glued two 3/4 X 2 X 6 inch strips together face to face with Titebond III. Where you see where the two joint together is really on an angle underneath it not end to end. I made one of them before deciding to do it this way, and actually tried to tork it down enough to break. It flexes to where it has tremendous holding power without breaking. Also with using two or more to hold the wood down, you really don’t tighten them enough to really flex. Notice that the two sides are different lengths from the center hole, you can use which length works best. Hope this helps and thanks for asking. Mike

-- MEL, Kansas

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#15 posted 07-13-2020 01:48 AM

Petey, DD, Rcc and luvtolearn, thanks for the comments. It’s great to hear from you guys on our projects. Mike

-- MEL, Kansas

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