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Forum topic by Diggerjacks posted 04-24-2014 06:14 PM 2281 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-24-2014 06:14 PM


What is for you the top of the top jig ?

For me it is the next jig that I haven’t done !!!

Pictures / blogs welcome

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#1 posted 04-24-2014 06:19 PM

I can do a lot with my original incra jig. As far as shop built jigs the super sleds are tough to beat. Add on jigs (to the jig) to make bevel cuts, etc.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#2 posted 04-24-2014 06:19 PM

top of the top?

you mean what is my top useful jig?

The one I need to complete the job :-p

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 04-24-2014 06:20 PM

I have many, the ones I use the most are various table saw sleds but this one was a great aid in my most resent chair making project.


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#4 posted 04-24-2014 07:02 PM

My panel sled is my favorite so far, it’s a monster and gets used more than any others that I’ve made.

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#5 posted 04-24-2014 07:54 PM


My panel cutter can’t be qualified “Ultimate”, but it’s the one I couldn’t live without.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#6 posted 04-24-2014 08:06 PM

I have made jigs for cutting circles and coves on a table saw, crosscut sleds, taper jigs, box joint jigs, circle cutting with a router jig. Jigs tend to be made when a special setup is required and won’t be repeated. These are usually quickie jigs made to just get the current job done. A few jigs that will be used frequently are made with more care. For me, the ultimate jig is the one that I made that approaches the status of a tool; that is, well made to last a long time. Adjustability is an important feature of a jig, but also complicates it’s construction. When I make a jig, I combine my metalworking ability with woodworking to produce a jig that is durable.

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#7 posted 04-24-2014 08:32 PM

A jig to miter the top of washboards at a 22.5-degree angle, for Dubl Handi birdhouse/birdfeeders, that turned out to look like a pretty good birdhouse in itself. :)

Slicing through pine and nails with a carborundum blade is a real trip. Lots of great smoke and sparks!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#8 posted 05-17-2014 12:43 PM

I think I like them all the same, because, to make your work easier, and better repeated cuts, a jig is very essential, in my opinion. Like clamps, a man, or woman, can never have too many jigs.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 05-17-2014 01:06 PM

I have been getting a lot of use from this one of mine:

But id I had to choose one… probably my bench hook.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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#10 posted 05-17-2014 04:49 PM

I learned very early on,,, in my making any jig, that even though these are just assistants, it was still very important to be precise. Like that saying that goes, “Cr-p in, Cr-a out”, if that jig isn’t made just right ,square and true, I wasted my time. This was when I found the need and I first bought a Machinist Square. There are several I went head and took the time to make, and I’ll have to say a whole lot of them came from those woodworkers over at Shopnotes and their sister mag. Woodsmith. So,,,If you ever need a jig that is made to cut dado’s the exact fit to ANY width of plywood you have a need to fit tight into that dado. Say for example, shelves into their uprights, then Woodsmiths original idea is the one that will do the job EXACTLY, no fuss, no mess, no guess.

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#11 posted 05-17-2014 05:59 PM

Exact width dado jig, and pattern routing jigs for the router table are two of my most frequently used.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#12 posted 05-17-2014 07:00 PM

Just made that dado jig the other day and it works great! I used to just use one board and clamp. Worked well but then I had to cut a bunch and that jig was awesome. Easy to use and very accurate. So I have to say right now that is my favorite. Next is the small tablesaw sled that I have. I say the small one versus the large one because I am constantly using that one. More so than any other homemade jig in the place.

-- john111

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#13 posted 05-17-2014 08:57 PM

John111 I don’t mean to come back to over due my time on this post. But you have hit up on something in your small sled, that came true with me also. I kind’ah got use to taking down from the floor joist (basement shop) that BIG sled, just got use to it’s size. Then I bought the,, Basic Box Making,, disk, made by Doug Stowe. In it he uses this small sled and in viewing the video he used it as easily like using a handle on a cup. Well thanks to Mr. Stowe, that was less than a year ago, and now that BIG one sits up there and unless I get into this “pick up and rearrange mood” I don’t have to even bother to put my small sled back up there in its place. It is now my go to, for any width of wood that will slide into between those fences. Lookin at it reasonable though, a guy does need two.

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#14 posted 05-18-2014 01:18 PM

Yea neverenough that is true. I do need the bigger one from time to time but, like you said, if it fits on the small one its a go!

-- john111

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#15 posted 05-18-2014 04:02 PM

My favorite jig is the Irish one! But I am always careful to make sure “the jig isn’t up!

Sorry. I just couldn’t help myself. :)

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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