Jigs

Make your shop time more efficient and accurate (and work more safely) with these easy-to-follow plans for jigs and fixtures from the editors and contributors to Popular Woodworking Magazine. You’ll find step-by-step plans for everything from jigs to help you lay out ellipses to dado jigs for your router to tenon jigs and panel-cutting sleds for your table saw to saw vises for holding your handsaws handsaws as you sharpen at your workbench. Plus workbench accessories no hand-tool woodworker should be without.

Start With a Sandwich Begin by sandwiching three pieces of wood. This part is made from two pieces of 3/4" x 6" x 36" plywood with a piece of 1" x 1" x 36" solid wood centered between. Use a spacer to index the center precisely in the middle of the larger panels. Glue and nail the sandwich together.

Dovetail Jig

Years ago when I first learned to cut dovetails, my first joints weren’t things of beauty. Sometimes there were more shims than pins. Over time, my work got better and faster. But despite the improvement in my skills, I still had trouble cutting tails or pins consistently, especially if I got out of practice....