A dovetail jig... jig.

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Project by dbhost posted 04-14-2014 05:41 PM 4512 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay I admit it, I was somewhat inspired by jeffwedekind’s project Pocket Hole Jig... jig but I must admit, my design requirements were a bit sparser…

I walked out to the shop with the following requirements.

#1 Utilize existing scrap, no new material allowed. Yes I am trying to use us scrap wood. #2. Depth should not exceed the depth of the dovetail machine, mostly for stowage reasons. #3. Width should be at least 5 inches longer than the machine so I can have 2.5” overlap on each side. #4. A hole sufficiently large to easily slide a finger through for carrying on one end, centered and cleanly cut.

In the scrap heap I dug, a 23” wide x 9” piece of 3/4” cabinet grade ply was waiting, Trim off to 7.5”, center up the jig itself, measure and mark for the hole, drill the hole, round over the edges of the hole with a round file, and mount the jig…

I now have sufficient clamping surface, and a means to hang the jig when not in use.

I know, it’s just a board, It’s not fancy, or complex, or even took more than 10 minutes to design and build, but it suits the purpose and I post it mostly because it might tickle someone’s brain for an idea for a simple jig where they may have been overthinking the problem.

I will likely outfit my in progress box joint jigs with hanger holes as well, and build a rack to hold my jigs.

A more detailed writeup is on my blog if you are interested…

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#1 posted 04-15-2014 03:53 PM

Ah yes, simplicity. In my La Conner shop, I will have a lot of small machines mounted on boards that I can bring out and clamp to a bench. I currently have my machinist’s vise and WorkSharp mounted that way. My grinder and possibly my scroll saw will be the same. Here in Anchorage, I have more space, and things do not have to be put away at the end of the day.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 04-15-2014 04:01 PM

You know… I never considered mounting my machinists vise to a mount board. I REALLY ought to do something better for usage / stowage of it… I don’t want to get rid of it as it is full of memories for me and I use it a lot…

My machinists vise was given to me by my former boss at Ace Hardware when I was in college when he was forced to close the store due to a divorce… It was the vise we used in the back room for bholding a variety of assemblies to help us disassemble things, usually plumbing fittings, for customers.

I have since blasted the rust off, flattened the anvil back out, and sprayed it bright, and I mean BRIGHT more than Black and Decker orange… The handle was long ago replaced with a 10” long 1/2” bolt and lock nut. Effective, but funky… Again, it holds memories, so it’s staying as well…

The bench grinder that came from that same shop / store was re-gifted to my brother in law years ago…

I don’t have a ton of wall space left either. I have a fairly large space over the toolbox that I need to do something with. Might set up another “stacker” over that box to hold the vise, and some jigs…

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#3 posted 04-15-2014 04:12 PM

That will doer all right.


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#4 posted 04-15-2014 07:10 PM


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#5 posted 04-15-2014 07:20 PM

Many tools that are not out all the time but are meant to be stationary probably should be on a board. I also have my Dremel setup on a board, but that one uses the spike system I have been using for years where there are two spikes made from big nails underneath, rounded off, that fit into matching holes around the shop on various surfaces and various places. Keeps things from being knocked off, and you don’t have to clamp them down, if absolute rigidity isn’t necessary. I have a few totes, and Dremel set up that way.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 04-16-2014 01:25 AM

Wonderful solution and glad to hear it worked out

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

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#7 posted 04-16-2014 01:28 PM

Great idea!

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