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I have a project that calls for making 3/4" x 3/4" edging and I've been wanting to make one of these jigs for the longest time so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to finally make it. I actually bought the bearing about six months ago on eBay for something like $4 from China (yeah, whatever…) and the nylon bushings from McMaster Carr (I had a really hard time finding these anywhere else and now I have a pack of them, McM is like 30 mins away from my house so I just went and picked them up).

Anyway, this was based on the Woodsmith Shop table saw ripping jig with a few modifications. I had the Rockler miter hardware kit laying around for a while now from a sale so I modified the base to use that. I cut the whole bottom piece on the bandsaw and rounded over the corners and made the holes for the knobs to go through. I somehow messed up the position of one of the holes but it really doesn't matter in the long run. I had some leftover UHMW strip from a failed jig I had previously made so I repurposed it for the "runners" of the arm rather than using hardboard. Lastly, i purchased a 6" steel rule (a couple of them actually) from Harbor Freight and because my base differs from that of the plans I just cut roughly an inch off the steel rule and made a very shallow dado on the top piece so it doesn't catch. I epoxied the rule to the base and it works like a charm.

I zeroed the rule by first putting the bearing against the tooth of the blade and then making a mark on the base. Then i aligned the rule to that mark with epoxy on it and it worked out great. You can see the last two pictures on a test piece. The rule is set to 3/4" cut and the piece came out exactly 3/4" from two different calipers (the fractional caliper and the digital caliper whose batteries are obviously dying, which is why I just picked up the non-digital one today).

All in all I'm calling this a great success. Very precise and should serve me well.

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Nice jig modification. Yours looks like it will work better than the rockler one. Think the bering is big enough? LOL
 

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Lol tyvekboy, thanks for the kind words. I had a hell of a time finding the bearing locally (and trust me I tried, really hard, my wife will attest) so I finally turned to eBay. The size is what the plans called for so I went with it. I didn't want to change the size and then have to change the bushing size and adjust everything else so I just stuck with it.
 

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Nice Matt!
 

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Very nice and clean looking jig .
Well done !
 

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I can see where these types of jigs would be very useful

Thanks for sharing
 

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McMaster Carr didn't have your bearing , or was price an issue ?
I've had great luck with this company here in USA with FREE shipping as well : )
I got bearings and a belt for my antique 4" Rockwell Delta jointer from them.

http://www.usabearingsandbelts.com/6.html
 

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I think it was a combination of that Dusty56, either that or I didn't know exactly what the bearing was to be called in the McMaster catalog (I'm not really fluent with machine parts or things of that nature :)

As for your link, great resource, saved it to my bookmarks. Thanks!
 

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You're welcome . Their prices and quality are awesome.
 

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I'm not at all sure how this works-does the stock being ripped still ride against the fence, and the jig simply steadies the left side/off-fall? Or does the jig do something else entirely?

Thanks in advance for clearin' this up! :)
 

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Leland, correct. you move the stock left against the jig and then move the fence over until it hits the stock. the jig serves as alignment for multiple strips to be ripped of the same width and the bearing allows it to ride against the jig kind of like a featherboard but its placed before the blade (also like a featherboard) so that it doesn't bind on the blade.
 

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beautifully made !!!
 
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