Woodworking Jigs – Beginners #21 – a woodworkweb video

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Jigs, Jigs, Jigs … I always seem to be making some sort of jig, but that’s what woodworking is … making jigs, and in this video, our first dedicated to just jigs, we look at some of Colin’s most used jigs in the workshop.

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    September 19, 2015

    Thanks Colin for the info on your jigs. I know I'll be using them, especially the centering jig.

  • Cody Taber
    September 19, 2015

    I was wondering how you would solve repeating a curved out on fence slats. In my situation I'm cutting fence slats that are 2-1/8" wide and 48" long. Repeating the length is no problem with a miter saw stop and cutting the width is on the table saw easily. The real time killer is the custom curve I have at the top. Looking at the slat on its face imagine the cut going from the top left corner and curving down to end on the right side of the slat down maybe 4 inches. Maybe the shape would be called a scallop I really don't know.
    I'm currently using a bandsaw jig that I made from a video I found on YouTube. Strangely enough its the only video I could find for a bandsaw jig that performed the operation I need. It's one board at a time.
    Once that jig is made it works quite well but there ends up being quite a bit of dexterity needed to make the cuts at the bandsaw because the the slat is 48" long and the curve is such that it takes most of 90 degrees of swing or slide across the bandsaw table to complete. It's a great option for small batches but I need to make nearly 1000 of these.
    I'm wondering if using a router jig would be a better option or some other method.
    Maybe a faster way to explain this issue is to ask how would the manufacturer of picket fences mass produce their slats with designs on them?
    I try to keep my comments short but that's not so easy when you try to give all necessary details.

    Thanks for any help.

  • boat wake
    September 19, 2015

    Thanks for the  jig tips and your time

  • Gordon Nicol
    September 19, 2015

    Love the Centering Jig. What a brilliantly simple but extremely handy jig.
    Thanks so much Colin !
    Can't wait to watch the rest of the video : )

  • Gorgeousbronze -Madison-
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  • James Campbell
    September 20, 2015

    helpful! thanks

  • donepearce
    September 20, 2015

    The centre line marker. Make one with a 2:1 length ratio instead and it is perfect for marking mortise and tenon joints. Mark both ways and you get perfect thirds across the wood, whatever the thickness.

  • Hardnox
    September 20, 2015

    Good stuff Colin.  My problem is storing all my jigs for special projects then finding or digging them out again.  LOL.

    I've made a habit of finishing my jigs so they don't warp or swell… or at least as much with the changes in humidity.  A bit of beeswax & linseed oil mix usually does the trick.

  • bradturbo44
    September 20, 2015

    Thank you for all the tips john.

  • Delmar829
    September 20, 2015

    Really likes the centering jig. It is a great idea. Thank You

  • itsgoodbeingme
    September 20, 2015

    Thank you Colin…Some really good ideas shared. Food for thought.

  • The ShavingWood Workshop
    September 20, 2015

    Great video Colin – very useful jigs

  • Rob I
    September 20, 2015

    Thank you, Colin, for your clarity and easy to understand explanations for us newbies.

    September 20, 2015

    I always like to see what jigs other woodworkers are using to make their work easier, greater accuracy, or to make repetitive cuts.  Usually the simpler they the better they are.  You don't always need 42 gears and 13 screw advances to get the job done quickly and accurately.  Thanks for the video!

  • Barry Gill
    September 20, 2015

    Woodworkweb would it be best to make a feather board for my router table on a bandsaw or tablesaw …….what would you use ????? Cheers

  • Sebastopolmark
    September 20, 2015

    As life goes, many times, the simpler things are the best.
    Those are three jigs that anybody can/should make and have at the ready.
    Good job and thanks

  • GiddyUp994
    September 20, 2015

    A great subject Colin. I think some follow on videos on this subject would help demystify how some tasks are accomplished on the Table Saw and even the Bandsaw for that matter. Instead of fixing that spline jig up it would have made an excellent piece of ammo for the Trebuchet.  Hey, I'm just here to help…… LOL Take care Amigo

  • Woodworking Fangirl
    September 20, 2015

    Well done.

  • Ajith Kumar
    September 20, 2015

    this was really helpful, thank you so much

  • Brian Kristensen
    September 20, 2015

    Great video! the center finder is just ingenious, thanks for sharing!