Jigs for makign your own
Last week my table saw (contractor grade craftsman) decided to give up the fight.
I found a better quality craftsman with a cast iron table and standard parallel miter slots fro $50. I could not dream of finding this saw at that price. Other comparable saw where listed on craig's list starting at $275.
My old craftsman had flaky little custom miter slots so I was not able to make typical jigs and sleds.
I am now in the process of making jigs for the new saw and wanted to ask folks to post about the jigs they have for the saws. Mainly just gather as many ideas as I can to help me decide what to make for mine.
I am only concerned with jigs used to make hive boxes or frames.
Ripping for box sides and ends as well as width and thickness of top and bottom bars i simply do with the fence. For for speed accuracy and consistency I am thinking of making a jig.
All cuts to length for anything I use a radial arm saw and a stop block. no issues there.
Groves in both top and bottom bars will need a jig.
I am also now able to shape an entire 2X4 or 2X6 into the profile of an and bar and then simply slice off the individual bars with the radial arm saw. Any jigs for among those blocks are welcome.
Each block will be planed to the correct thickness won a jointer. I make the bottom and top bar notch with a dado blade on the table saw. I then form the recessed side of the bar on a jointer.
Mainly for the end bar block I am looking for ideas on a jig or sled to hold the block for the dado cuts on the ends. Must place the dado dead center on the end of the block constantly and reliably. So far I am working on a sled but it will be a beefy one.
I do a lot of the cuts for the top bar on the radial arm saw but am slowly building jigs etc to make them on the table saw. This one has a lot of cuts and almost all of them are up for suggestions.
As a side project I would like to look at and even attempt as many ideas as I can. I would like to eventually do a video series on methods of making your own equipment. not just one way to do it. but to demonstrate as many methods as I can find. From the guy that only owns a cheap circular saw to the full blown wood shop.
Last edited by Daniel Y; 12-16-2013 at 08:51 AM.
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