My dilemma and my first jig made to fix it!

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Project by Jeremy Fugarino posted 02-26-2012 04:11 PM 6486 views 48 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So there i was waking up from a snooze on the couch last eve and i decided to look at my glue up. I’m making my first end grain cutting board. As i removed the clamps i came across a dilemma with the glue up and of course it needs a good planning before the next cuts ect. So there i was online browsing you tube ect and some ideas and walla! a jig made for routers to plane large glues ups ect. I was soo stoked about it i couldn’t sleep till late this am like 2am. And so there it is 5 hrs of sleep 2hours of work and im done with it before i head off to church!

SO this is my first jig i have ever made and its basically a router planner jig or how ever way you want to call it. I used 1/2” oak ply for the base, i used 2×3/4 oak side runners for the sled itself. The sled is made from 3/4: oak for the rails and 1/2” oak ply for the base where the router sets on. I also place 2×3/4” oak strips along bottom sides of sled to maintain stability and to run along the base rails. Thanks for looking everyone and comments for this newbie carpenter. God bless you and yours.

Jeremy Fugarino AKA Carpenterscorner

-- " I love the smell of saw dust in the morning"

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#1 posted 02-26-2012 04:23 PM


Great jig. Have seen several on this site and yours is one of the best. A few have tried to run end grain boards thru their planer with some pretty bad results.

How do you secure the cutting boards in your jig?

Thanks for sharing? We look forward to seeing your finished CB.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 02-26-2012 04:25 PM

Very cool first Jig Jeremy ,make room for at least another 100 LOL


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#3 posted 02-26-2012 04:29 PM

Like Rick says, Great Jig!

I use one a lot when I’m doing end grain cutting boards and it makes life so much easier!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 02-26-2012 05:40 PM

Good job. Add a 2 inch bottom cleaning router bit an you’ll be amazed.

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#5 posted 02-26-2012 05:46 PM

Nice Jig!
I enjoy seeing Jig setup’s as much as the finish item!
Did you use a Wedge between the work and the jig edge to hold the work piece in place?

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

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#6 posted 02-26-2012 05:53 PM

Great jig, I am building one my self for some of my extra large projects, I have a planer and it does 12 1/2” but I have a need for something a bit larger. Nice job

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 02-26-2012 07:15 PM

Great jig and especially for a newbie. You sound a bit obsessive with the hours and all, so you shouldl feel right at home here on LJ.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jeremy Fugarino

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#8 posted 02-26-2012 07:24 PM

@ Marty yes sir i will be using wedges to hold the piece in place haven’t made them yet. Had to get ready for church this morn and ran out of time.

@stefang haha yes sir i can be a little bit of a stickler on these things. And LJ is my favorite website i go to for wood working tips, tricks, and know how for the hobby/trade for others. This website and you fellow carpenters really give me the motivation, and show me that anyone can be a woodworker. thank you all for the posts and god bless you and yours

Jeremy Fugarino AKA carpenterscorner

-- " I love the smell of saw dust in the morning"

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#9 posted 02-26-2012 09:52 PM

nicely done. You might make a square base plate for your router that will fit snugely in the jig. a 1/4” piece of plexe_ glass or poly carbonate is good material. Even thiner will work well. The material can be salvaged at lowes or depot from their off cuts or throw away can. This base will keep the router from twisting which will help keep it from tilting and digging in. I like the slot down the middle that lets you move the router independently of the bridge. Good job. Phil

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#10 posted 02-26-2012 10:36 PM

I also like the slot down the middle, great first jig

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 02-26-2012 11:46 PM


I had the same issue a few weeks back on my final glue up. The following is my post on LJ with almost the same jig.

-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!"

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#12 posted 02-27-2012 01:01 PM

Well done Jeremy! Looks like a fine jig to me!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 02-27-2012 02:14 PM

Nice job in your first jig! My one concern would be the stability of the 1/2” ply base. I have seen many small (the size you are using) pieces of ply that warp over time. Make sure that you pay attention to that particularly if you used ply from one of the big box stores, which get the lowest grade possible. It will not take much deformation in your sled before you end up with maddeningly non-flat results.


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#14 posted 02-27-2012 03:58 PM

Very nice and simple design.
I’m sure your plywood will remain flat with those runners attached like that.
Great job so far…looking forward to seeing how your endgrain board comes out once you cut this one into pieces for it : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 02-28-2012 01:07 AM

wow i got into the top 3?? no words can descried how i’m feeling right now. Everyone thanks for your comments and advice. I used it yesterday after church and it worked like a champ. I had to make a few adjustments on feed speed and depth settings but it turned out well and i glued up the second phase of the cb. Came home today and pulled it out of the clamps and not to shabby. lol i have a lot of learning to do with end grain cutting boards. As in a proper cut list to achieve the needed size and better clamps. but its turning out well sanding my butt off and enjoying the whole thing. Again ty you all and god bless you and yours

Jeremy Fugarino AKA Carpenterscorner!

-- " I love the smell of saw dust in the morning"

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