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Project by iminmyshop posted 11-28-2020 05:38 AM 705 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a very similar guide in Woodsmith and have made only minor modifications. It is easy to make and guides the cut quickly along a template to make fast, accurate, repeatable cuts on the bandsaw.

Previously I would follow a drawn line and try to cut very close to the line. I did so very slowly. Then I would clean things up by following a template on the router table. If too much material is left, the risk of tearout on the router was high. Too close to the line and….. Oooops.

Now
- Cut away material to within about 1/2” of the line – enough so that it is less than the distance from the blade to the guide’s base.
- Set the blade back about 1/16” into the guide’s inset. I don’t like to get closer because then you run the risk of the blade damaging the template. In the photo with the template above the blade is set just a bit too close to the template.
- Use doublestick tape to attach the template to the material being cut. I’ve been using Spectape. It takes very little to hold well.
- Make the cut with the template on top. Because you are following a template and guide the cut is musch faster with little risk of Oooops moments. It is also accurate. Then clean it up using the same template on the router table. With such a tiny amount of material left, tearout is almost never an issue.

I use a Magswitch to hold the guide in place and then place a large magnetic featherboard guide on the outfeed side to keep the template from shifting. A wider base for a second magswitch on the outfeed side would work better than the one but the magnetic featherboard works really well and I already had it so why spend the money. The Woodsmith version has a bunch of magnets on the bottom and turnscrews to lift the device off the table. The Magswitch is super simple and a lot less work. The materials cost is about the same. I like simple.

The template guide moves easily up and down the posts to account for different thicknesses of wood. I used large wooden dowels sanded just a bit thinner above the hole in which it is glued to allow for movement along the dowels. The Woodsmith version used steel posts. I’m a woodworker. I used wood.

-- http://www.alansfinewoodworking.com/





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EarlS

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#1 posted 11-28-2020 12:34 PM

I’m having trouble visualizing how this works. Can you post a couple of staged pictures to help me understand how this works?

Does the template slide along the jig face with the board being cut going under it? I’m assuming the slot keeps the blade from wandering around like it might if you were just following a line?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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splintergroup

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#2 posted 11-28-2020 03:23 PM

I’ve seen several versions of this, yours has some nice features and adjustability!

I suffer just as you do 8^) I make a template, attach it to the wood, then patiently cut close to the edge with all the assorted hazards of doing so. I need to make one!

Earl, imagine profiling a workpiece on the router table (template following bit w/guide bearing). For the bandsaw, the wood surrounding the blade is the “bearing” which rides on the template.

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#3 posted 11-28-2020 05:16 PM

Thanks for sharing this great jig!
Favorited for future use (hopefully)

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George Seifert

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#4 posted 11-28-2020 05:27 PM

Thanks for posting this. I made a quick and dirty version of one of these and was impressed with how well the technique worked. If I ever need to make more template cuts I’ll probably make one of these to make setup easier.

George

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iminmyshop

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#5 posted 11-28-2020 07:32 PM

Earl – Splintergroup described it well.

Does the template slide along the jig face with the board being cut going under it?
Yes. Exactly.

I’m assuming the slot keeps the blade from wandering around like it might if you were just following a line?
The slot keeps the blade from cutting where it shouldn’t. The distance between the template and the amount you set back the blade into the slot is the amount of wood you will have left on your primary piece to be removed and made smooth on the router table. Because there is still a little bit of blade movement I don’t like to tempt fate and risk gouging my template. Plus, while my bandsaw cuts pretty smooth, nothing beats a good router bit and template to clean up curves. Hope that helps.

How well does the jig work? My first thought after using it the first time was “where have you been all my life? Maybe that’s what I should have titled the post.

-- http://www.alansfinewoodworking.com/

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Dutchy

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#6 posted 11-28-2020 09:06 PM

A ncie solution.

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#7 posted 11-28-2020 10:52 PM

Nice adaptation of the Woodsmith jig.

Just thinking out loud, wouldn’t it be possible to eliminate the Magswitch and magnetic featherboard guide by screwing a vertical to the backside of the jig that could be clamped to the saw’s fence?

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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iminmyshop

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#8 posted 11-29-2020 05:15 AM

TheDane – wouldn’t it be possible to eliminate the Magswitch and magnetic featherboard guide by screwing a vertical to the backside of the jig that could be clamped to the saw’s fence?

Yes. Good idea.

-- http://www.alansfinewoodworking.com/

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#9 posted 11-29-2020 05:50 AM

nice idea, i can see how it works.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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