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08-28-2015 01:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig

I am new as you can tell from the title. I have begun collecting the tools I will need. I have a Grizzly 10 inch table saw, and a14 inch band saw, a Bosch 1617 router with an inexpensive table, and of course various hand tools and measuring sticks. I have never owened any of these power tolls before, so I am starting from scratch. I guess it’s a plus that I have no bad habits to break.

My question: I was thinking that the best way to. Get to know my tools is to use them, so I want to start my making a few shop jigs. Can you give me a list of crucial jigs that I will need? Please remember I am new so nothing that has to be exact.

Thanks for any input.


-- Ron C South Carolina

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#1 posted 08-28-2015 01:16 AM

Table saw crosscut sled,make on in a smaller version for your band saw too,I have one and although rare they are really nice to have.the table saw one is a must have.
Band saw resaw fence
Circle cutting jig for the band saw
Push sticks
Clamp rack
blade rack
good solid workbench

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#2 posted 08-28-2015 02:10 AM

+1 for the tablesaw sled being first priority. An exact fit dado jig for the router is a good learning jig too and I find it extremely useful too. If you don’t have a drill press, a good drill guide for drilling straight, square holes might be good to add to the list. Some shop made bar clamps to go on the clamp rack daddywoofdog suggested are fun, pretty easy, HIGHLY useful and will save you a ton of cash.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 08-28-2015 02:19 AM

Table saw ripping jig.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 08-28-2015 02:16 PM

Welcome to LJ’s

It always seems to be jigs and boxes, the ones above are good, I find myself using a thin strip ripping jig very often.

You Tube is a great source for info and ideas too, check out the Wood Whisperer he has great info clips and education pieces that can be a great help, as well as Stumpy Nubs, it’s amazing what he can do with some of his projects.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#5 posted 08-28-2015 02:28 PM

Thanks every one, I have built a prototype cross cut sled for the table saw ( first project so I thought I would use old scraps before I used the hardwood I bought.) it seems to be ok although it’s a little heavy and does not slide very easily, I guess the strips in the miter slots are not square, they slid freely before attaching to the sled. What do you think an appropriate size is for this sled, I did 36×36, and as I said it is a little heavy. The prototype was half inch plywood and 2×6. Maybe be a clamp rack next. I am wanting to build a work bench, but I really want to get my skills up to par before I attempt a large project that I will have to live with for years.

-- Ron C South Carolina

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#6 posted 08-28-2015 03:07 PM

My advice to start making projects and make the jigs as you need them. A good place to start is make yourself a pair of saw horses. You will need them for breaking down lumber and for just about any other thing you will make.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 08-28-2015 04:25 PM

My advice to start making projects and make the jigs as you need them. A good place to start is make yourself a pair of saw horses. You will need them for breaking down lumber and for just about any other thing you will make.

- bondogaposis

I have heard that mentioned many times before. Some guys even have their new hires make a pair of saw horses just to see where their head is at, and to demonstrate their skills.

Google saw horses and find something you like and git-after-it!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 08-28-2015 04:38 PM

Hello Slowhand, welcome to woodworking, you are in for a lot of good times.

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#9 posted 08-28-2015 04:46 PM

You could start with a work bench if you don’t already have one. You can build a decent first bench with plywood and 2×4’s. By a vise for your bench and you will also need a few clamps. Build a crosscut sled for your saw. a router table and storage cabinets for your tools will be other first projects. Jigs and Fixtures is a good book about jigs. Another good one is Box Making.

The best thing to do is just shove off and start making some stuff for your shop. You can always ask questions on Lumberjocks as you work through your projects. You’ll learn by doing. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

BTW, don’t neglect to get you some basic hand tools. You will always need them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 08-28-2015 10:06 PM

I am amazed at the help that has been offered, in seems in some forums that they are controlled by the regulars of that forum, and until you get into that click, you are left hanging. So thanks to all.

I have had a work bench for years, just for the honey do lists, things I need to repair for the bar we own and normal home maintenace. It’s made of 4×4 legs and 2×6 top. It’s not square, it’s not flat and gaps between the 2×6’s, but it has served its purpose. I will be thinking about a new one. I have already bought material for a wood storage rack that I seen on “The Wood Wisperer” with a storage bin for sheets and drops from the boards you have used, it is connected to the wall with large hinges, and has large casters on the opposite side.
I will need a couple saw horses, so I will jump on those right away, my current ones are plastic fold up and they aren’t worth a darn.

Again thanks for all the input…. I think I will like it here!

-- Ron C South Carolina

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#11 posted 08-28-2015 10:17 PM

Boxes… Lots of boxes…

I’d start with a simple box project. It will help with accurate cuts and part measurements. The good thing about boxes are that they can be very simple or get very complex. Also, if you learn to make boxes, really everything else you make is based off of the same types of cuts, measurements, assembly methods, and finishing techniques.

Just my 2 cents.

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#12 posted 08-29-2015 12:28 AM

Did somebody mention clamps? :-)

I have a drawer full of the Harbor Freight F style 6 inchers, 4 12 inchers, and a couple of 24’s. The 6 inchers get used daily for all sorts of stuff, but mainly just to hold the workpiece in place while I beat on it! Or, keep a jig from moving.

Those clamps are cheeep and work well. They may very well be the HF gem deluxe.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#13 posted 08-29-2015 12:49 AM

A cross cut sled would be a good one. Push sticks, leg taper sled, tool box is good one to learn on. That’s about all I can think up right now.

-- Brian Noel

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#14 posted 08-29-2015 02:42 AM

The first thing I would do is watch a lot of YouTube videos on setting the machines up properly. If the machine isn’t squared then nothing you make will be. I gave one of my buddies a craftsman contractor saw and he gave up on making anything because it was banged out of square during the move. Twenty minutes setting it up and it’s back up to making some nice cuts. After that I would get a sheet of 3/4 plywood And have the store cut it in half then cut one of the halves in half again(3 pcs in total). Now to the band saw and cut out 20 or 30 push sticks of different styles. That will get you comfortable with the band saw. Now you have push sticks to use on the table saw while you are building you a cross cut sled with the rest of the plywood sheet. You could have the store cut the part of the sheet close to the size you want the bottom of the sled to be. It’s tough trying to break down a 1/2 sheet let alone a whole sheet by yourself. I have a circular saw just for the task but starting out let the store do it. Once you get the sled done build you a work station after that you should be comfortable with your tools. Never stand directly behind the work and keep your fingers away from the blades, that spinning metal can do a lot of damage in a instant. Enjoy your shop time don’t work when your tired, been drinking or not feeling like yourself. That’s when bad things happens. Boxes,cutting boards are always a good way to make some saw dust table are also fun and will teach you some more skills. Anyways that’s how I would start if I was just begining in wood working. Good times will be had in the shop. Safety first or third if you are a rocket city rednecks fan.

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#15 posted 08-29-2015 11:36 AM

I agree with bondo you will make most of your jigs as you need them. I try to anticipate it when starting a project because its’ aggravating to stop a project to build a jig, but sometimes necessary.

Here’s my 2 cents:

1. I agree safety first, so push blocks high on list. (Not a big fan of push sticks personally).
You want the kind that makes contact along the length of the piece, not just a stick with a notch.
Don’t be scared to cut into the push block it is disposable but its important to hold down your work.

2. Your sled is too big. 36W x 24D is adequate. If its sticking it might be the miter slot runners swelling.
Keep the bottom of the sled waxed that helps too. Lots of videos out there on making sleds.

I like ones with replaceable zero clearance inserts.

3. You’ll need to make a few zci’s for your saw.

4. Panel cutting jig. This is basically a piece of ply with a fence on the back side one runner in miter slot and one runner along the edge of the ts. Mine is 30WX24Deep with hold down clamps mounted on fence. Make sure its dead square. Very handy for cutting plywood panels that are square.

5. Auxilary fence. If you buy a dado set, make one of these before you even start. You will need it for making rabbets.

6. Feather boards/hold downs: You can make them, but by the time you buy the knobs you may want to just buy a few. I really like the magnetic ones, but havent’ popped for them yet.

7. Outfeed table. This probably should be #2.

Good luck you’ll figure out alot of things when you get going.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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