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Crosscuts and miters are easy to cut on a table saw with the help of a miter gauge. But cutting a compound miter is a little more of a challenge. That is because you have to tilt the saw blade and then adjust the miter gauge to make this cut. Instead, I like to use a slightly easier method for cutting accurate compound miters.
Here are two photos of a jig I built for my router in less than half an hour. The two 1/4 inches threaded rods screw into the router base (they come from another off-the-shelf jig.) The wooden block is just some random piece of hardwood scrap.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for an adjustable router mortising jig. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.
I have always been frustrated with the difficulty in gluing, and especially clamping 45 degree miter joints. On this page, I describe the best method of gluing such joints I have found yet. I do not consider this method to be very good, just the best that I have figured out so far.
We built our own Frid jig a dozen years ago and have used it steadily since; you will find it lying about the store somewhere near the routers, looking a little rough around the edges but still willing. The design is so simple and effective that it deserves to be a standard accessory in every shop equipped with a plunge router.
By Mike Schwing - While working with thick expensive hardwoods, sometimes the workpieces get too thin for me to comfortably move them with my hands. There are all sorts of devices on the market to help with this. I have most of them! None really worked for me well enough for this specific task, but the simple thing described here does.
Many projects require cutting a perfect circle or an oval, and you can accomplish the task with a router and a special jig to guide it. The two jigs described at this link can be used with a router when you want to cut circles or angles.
Recently I had to cut a series of evenly spaced dadoes across the sides of some small display shelves I was making. I wanted to make the dadoes on my router table, and I needed a way to space them evenly. That is when I came up with the idea for an auxiliary table fitted with an index pin.
You can make mortises with a fixed-base router mounted in a router table. To make a mortise this way, you have to lower a workpiece onto a spinning bit. It takes a little bit of setup to do this safely and correctly.
Here is a simple jig for your table saw that can do a great deal of the work of a jointer. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build a simple table saw jointer jig that will give you clean, straight edges from which to do glue-ups, make other joints or just ensure a clean edge for that piece of stock.
I own a fixed-base router, so I figured I had have to invest in a more expensive plunge router if I ever wanted to make plunge cuts. But then I figured out a way to make safe, accurate plunge cuts with my fixed-base router.
In issue 165 of Woodsmith magazine, you will find these intriguing L-shaped shelves. Each of the corners is mitered and is reinforced with a biscuit. If you have a biscuit joiner, great. But if you do not, you can use this jig to cut slots on the router table and then use hardboard splines instead of biscuits.
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