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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.
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.
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.
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.
With this plan you can make yourself a truly accurate miter sled so you can cut first class segments for your rings that you do not have to send time touching up to get a perfect ring. A notable feature of this sled is that adding a new miter angle to your repertoire is quick and cheap!
I have found that a bench hook that mounts over the edge of the workbench is a great way to hold a workpiece in place. But the traditional bench hook that I was using had one annoying fault. It would not always stay put. A sudden tip or slide along the bench was a common occurance. So I came up with the new and improved corner inches hook that you see here.
In the meantime, one jig that I have repeatedly heard is very useful as an upgrade to table saw owners is a Cutoff Box. I have also heard this referred to as a Sliding Cutoff Table or other variations on those words.
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 jig requires one piece of hardwood 3/4 inches square X 5 1/2 inches inches long and one piece 3/4 inches X 2 1/2 inches X 5 1/2 inches long. Mark off the 5 1/2 inches long piece as shown below, clamp it to the 3/4 inches X 2 1/2 inches piece, 1 1/2 inches from the top edge and drill the four 1/4 inches holes. It would be best to use a drill press for this if possible as the holes should be square.
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.
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.
This is a guide to cut dados to an exact width by making multiple passes. The capacity of this jig is 12 inches wide boards, to cut wider boards make the side guides at least 6 1/2 inches longer than the width of the board.
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.
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