Jig Journal

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Jig Journal: Coping at the Router Table

Work smart across the grain with a simple push block. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 70-71 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now One of the first vehicles I owned was a 1964 Ford Econoline van. I bought it cheap at a police auction then proceeded to over-accessorize it with all...

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Jig Journal: Dovetail Markers

These simple shop-made helpers will make marking less of a chore. By Rob Porcaro Page: 64 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now Marking out dovetails for hand cutting goes much easier with these helpers. Held in place while hooked over the end of a board, these markers allow you, with...

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Jig Journal: No-nonsense Router Table

A great router table for little cost and just a few hours to build. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 74-75 From the June 2009 issue #176 Buy this issue now The original version of this router table was born out of necessity. I needed a router table at a job site, and I didn’t...

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Jig Journal: Hold Handwork Without a Vise

Get started with hand tools without spending a bundle on a bench or vise. By Robert. W Lang Pages: 22-23 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now A major stumbling block on the road to enjoyable woodworking is “lackoftoolaphobia,” the fear of not being able to do something without the best...

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Jig Journal: Shop-made Saw Vise

A must-have device for sharpening saws. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 52-53 From the June 2010 issue #183 Buy this issue now One of the cardinal rules of woodworking is that the purchase of one tool begets the need for several others. Sawing by hand is both easier and more accurate than many people think, provided the...

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Moxon’s Ingenious Bench Vise

17th-century design saves your 21st-century back. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 64-66 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now If you cut dovetails by hand, then I’m sure you’re aware of the other part of your anatomy that is involved: your back. Bending over rows of tails and pins all day is murder when you...