Thin Strip Cutting Jig for T.S.

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Project by doubleDD posted 03-08-2021 08:58 PM 2708 views 6 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I need to make a lot of thin strips soon and I got tired of using my primitive set ups for cutting them on the table saw and decided to make a real jig. I used whatever scraps I had and turned the knob. I put some quick reference marks on the side but I’ll check anyway to make sure it’s the right thickness. Pic 5 shows the last piece less than 1/32nd.
I used a old ball bearing from the bandsaw so it glides smoothly. I’ve seen others use it and it’s a great idea. I also got to use my MCLS wood threader again, boy I love those threaders for threading wood. I used it for the bottom glide for the miter slot and for the knob with some epoxy. No need for threaded inserts. Very simple to make. Why did I wait so long.
Finished with OB’s shine juice and waxed. I don’t know how many of you guys out there have one but if you don’t you should think about making one.
I hope this helps out some of you jocks.
Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 03-08-2021 09:05 PM

Nice, but whats wrong with setting the rip fence and ripping away? I do that all the time. Even if the offcuts toss back, I stand to one side and let ‘em hit the floor. It’s not an accident if its planned!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#2 posted 03-08-2021 09:23 PM

Nice job on this, one day I’ll probably make one.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 03-08-2021 09:50 PM

Nice, Dave! Now you’re a thin stripper!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 03-08-2021 09:58 PM

Cool idea.. though I have a commercial Rockler one I slipped into the shopping cart while buying some other things I didn’t need but could afford.

Nevertheless, I am a great fan of wood threads. Cannot vouch got your MCLS gear, however, I did get both the metric and imperial (must have been drinking) sets when The Wood Whisperer release his version that I swear by… and that swear is in a good way for once.

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

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#5 posted 03-08-2021 10:40 PM

Very cool build.

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

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#6 posted 03-08-2021 10:42 PM

Nice job! I’ve been wanting to make one of these as well, even for other repeatable cuts. I’ll put this back on my to-do list

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#7 posted 03-08-2021 10:42 PM

Looks good, Dave. Like something quality you bought from a fabricator.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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#8 posted 03-08-2021 11:09 PM

very nice build. I “need” the thread things.

-- Petey

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#9 posted 03-08-2021 11:11 PM

All of the above and a big plus for the color combo! I like the strips to separate from the non-fence side of the blade to avoid burns, etc. and this jig does just that.

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#10 posted 03-08-2021 11:36 PM

yeah thats a great jig dave,i often do like mad mark but i agree with splint you can get burns.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 03-09-2021 12:07 AM

very nice build. I “need” the thread things.

- Peteybadboy

FAIW Pbb, I did a blog of threads in wood.

... to avoid burns…
- splintergroup

... and more importantly “potential” kickbacks.

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

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woodshaver Tony C

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#12 posted 03-09-2021 12:53 AM

Great little stripper Dave looks like a very high end tool! And I wouldn’t expect any less! Well done! I really like your logo too…. best one ever!

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

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#13 posted 03-09-2021 12:57 AM

Thanks for looking. I’ve done it that way a few times and a few other ways thru the years and what I find is the strips come out with tapered ends and or the stock piece gets a curve in it. It does work but I like the consistency of using the jig. That was my main treason for making this.

Thanks Dick. Boy that sounds like me over the years. LOL. Very handy to have.

Thanks Dave. How do you know I’m a thin stripper. Thin stripper and born a ripper.

Thanks Duck. Back in January at Rockler I looked at their jig and said well I’ve gotten along without one so long maybe next time. I should of bought it then but I’m glad I made my own and saved a few bucks. As far as the wood threaders go , they are great. I can put all the force of my drill on it and still they won’t strip out. I love them and they save time and a great when you have limited thickness stock where a insert won’t work. And you can reinforce the threads with super glue to make them stronger if needed.

Thanks woodbutcherbyknight. Plus using up scraps!!!

Thanks Jason. Very handy and they hardly take room to store.

Thanks Brian I got them from double DD’s fabrication shop. Hahaha

Thanks Pete. Those threaders are made by a few different places. Depends on how much you want to spend. I just bought the 1/4- 5/16- 3/8’’ ones since I don’t run into project for thicker threads. Now watch I’ll need a bigger one.

Thanks splintergroup. That’s my assessment too. It’s a lot safer than the way I was doing it before.

Thanks pottz. I use to think that it was just another jig out there and someone’s making money on it but whoever came up with the idea originally did a little thinking. I think it’s great and safe too.

Hey Duck, interesting thread. I missed that one but then again I’ve missed the boat a few times already. That’s why I learned to swim. Good post, thanks for sharing.

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

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#14 posted 03-09-2021 02:00 AM

Wow, you sure do beautiful work Dave! You’ll be smiling every time you go to use it.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#15 posted 03-09-2021 03:28 AM

Good one DD.

-- Rick M,

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