The Joint Maker

This horizontal router jig has a table that slides in four directions, turning a router into a joint-making monster.
By Nick Engler
Pages: 77-83

From the February 2004 issue #139
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This horizontal routing jig, which I call “Joint Maker,” holds the router to one side of the work. This setup offers several advantages over a standard router table for certain operations:

• You have more control when making mortises – you can rest the part on its face and feed the edge into the bit.

• When making tenons, the rotation of the bit doesn’t pull the work sideways as it does on an ordinary router table. Instead, you cut directly against the rotation.

• And if you use vertical panel-raising bits, you’ll find that with the panel resting flat on the worktable, gravity works for you.

From the February 2004 issue #139
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