Thin Rip Jig

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Project by bit101 posted 03-20-2014 02:30 PM 4167 views 19 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my thin rip jig. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

Copied/adapted from several different designs. Kept it simple Found another use for one of my hand-made knobs.

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#1 posted 03-20-2014 04:27 PM

Brilliant! I need to make a jig for cutting splines. I love joining picture frames with splines because they just look awesome in my opinion and I hate to use brads or nails or any other hardware to fasten the frame corners. But I do not have a bandsaw yet and cutting splines on my table saw (I am still just learning all this great woodworking stuff) has been a bunch of trials and few tribulations. :)

-- Have a happy day!

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#2 posted 03-20-2014 06:34 PM

Thanks. I agree it’s brilliant, but any brilliance involved is definitely not mine. Here are some plans for a much fancier version.

I took some inspiration from that, and from a few other similar builds I’d seen around the web.

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#3 posted 03-20-2014 09:30 PM

very cool, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 03-20-2014 09:43 PM

So I just went to use this for the first time and realized the arm didn’t reach over as far as I needed it to. No big deal, I just made the slot a little bit longer. But if you make one, plan it so that the arm can just about reach the blade.

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#5 posted 03-20-2014 10:06 PM

Sweet. Much better than spending the $25 at rockler.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 03-21-2014 04:22 AM

Nice job. One of these has been on my shop to-do list forever.
It’s a great shop jig that should be in every woodworker’s arsenal.
I’ll probably build it when I need to cut a bunch of 1/4” strips for edge banding. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#7 posted 03-21-2014 10:43 AM

Good Job. I also just built one of theses. They are great. Two tips/comments.
  1. make sure you design it to work with both the table saw and the bandsaw. It really helps when resawing on the bandsaw to make identically thick veneer. The slot for my 20” bandsaw is considerably farther away from the blade then it is on the tabelsaw. Its also on the other side of the blade. Some careful pre-planning is needed with the “woodsmith” version. I like the way the “woodsmith” version locks into the miter slot.
  2. You will notice in the woodsmith link they include a bearing. If you buy a new bearing and/or the fancy knobs they used, then the result will be more expensive than buying a $25 rockler version. I got a good used skate board bearing from a bike/skateboard repair store for free, I used wing nuts for the T-knobs, but if you make your own knobs even better.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#8 posted 03-21-2014 12:07 PM

Nice jig. A safe method for thin strips. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#9 posted 03-21-2014 12:14 PM

Nice design well executed. It’s amazing how everything old is new again. Simple is always better – and timeless.

-- Life is what happens to you while you are planning better things -Mark Twain

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#10 posted 03-21-2014 03:20 PM

As for bearings, I use the guide bearing off one of my router bits. Easy to remove and use with a 1/4-20 bolt.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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