A Pair of Table Saw Jigs

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Project by Jordan posted 11-23-2012 05:46 AM 3652 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a pair of jigs that I built to complete a current project. The first was a cut off sled. It is pretty simple, just a sheet of MDF with an oak runner. The fence is made from some nice tight grained fir that I ripped into 1/2” boards. The two boards are separated by 1/4” fir spacers, allowing for a 1/4” carriage bolt to secure a stop. This is based on several widely available plans. It is fairly rudimentary, but cuts nice and square.

The second jig is a combination tapering jig and jointing jig. It comprises of a sheet of MDF, a 1/2” hardboard runner inset 1/8” into a dado, and 4 – 12” long Rockler T-tracks with hold downs. I am very happy with this jig and have very effectively used it to taper the back rest pieces of my Adirondack chairs. This was a case of building a jig to build a jig to build a project. I had to create a dado guide for my Bosch plunge router in order to set the t-track and the runner. It was a great opportunity to get some experience with my new tools. The jig works by running through the miter slot, where the left side of the jig is flush to the blade. Using the hold downs to secure the work piece, it is very easy to cut a measured taper or square up one edge of rough sawn lumber. One feature I incorporated on this jig is narrowing the runner by 1/16th of an inch. This allows me to safely move the jig away from the blade after making my cut and pull it back.

I just received some Rockler miter slot runners I ordered and will be replacing the shop built versions. I chose to go with a manufactured option as I have encountered some binding issues with the current runners.

-- Jordan, BC

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#1 posted 11-23-2012 05:51 AM

Very useful jigs great job.

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#2 posted 11-23-2012 09:03 AM

I have for a while thought about building a jig for tapers. The Ali commercial jig just doesn’t seem as versitile. Might have a go at my own soon. Thanks for the inspiration.


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#3 posted 11-23-2012 06:03 PM

those will come in handy

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