Jig Journal

Jig Journal: Arc Drawing Bow

Searching for (and Finding) the Arc of the Competent. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 76-78 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now When woodworking throws you a curve, how do you respond? It’s easy to become locked into one solution because it’s familiar and miss an easy alternative. This is often...

Jig Journal: Bench Hook

The single most important hand-tool appliance is 3 sticks of wood. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 86-88 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now Owning a backsaw without owning a bench hook is like riding a bicycle without handlebars. This simple hand-tool appliance (three sticks of wood) uses the force of the...

Jig Journal: Panel-cutting Sled

This jig carries its share of work while increasing the usefulness of your table saw. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 28-29 From the October 2007 issue #164 Buy this issue now I’ve never been a fan of any jig that requires a degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to build or use. So...

Jig Journal: Table Saw Tenon Jig

With five pieces of wood and a clamp, you can make vertical cuts safely. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 24-25 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now Most magazine articles about jigs miss the point entirely. Jigs exist to make work easier, safer and more accurate. They shouldn’t be complicated projects...

Jig Journal: Shop-made Mortise Jig

You don’t need fancy tools or a special machine to create a traditional joint. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 78-79 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now Reproduction furniture is my main focus in woodworking, so I think one of the most important construction joints is a mortise-and-tenon joint – and...

Jig Journal: Flush-cutting Jig

An end to the troublesome task of trimming solid-wood edging. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 80-82 From the November 2008 issue #172 Buy this issue now Adding a solid-wood edge to plywood is a necessary but evil task for most woodworkers. And while clamps and cleverness go a long way toward getting the edging stuck...

Jig Journal: Router Dado Jig

Take the tool to the work for quick and accurate dados. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 82-83 From the June 2008 issue #169 Buy this issue now The quest for accuracy in woodworking is often like trying to find your way out of a maze. Make the wrong choice early on, and you’ll find...

Jig Journal: Best Band Saw Fence

Compact, simple to use, infinitely adjustable – and free. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 74-75 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Every time we bring a new band saw into our shop for testing, I make the same observation, which is actually a complaint. My co-workers know it by heart,...

Jig Journal: Sliding-head Scratch Stock

Two fences allow you to position the cutter and keep the bead’s quirk in line. By Geoffrey Ames Pages: 82-83 From the February 2008 issue #167 Buy this issue now If you have ever attempted to scratch a profile onto a chair leg or other curved piece, you probably noted that a scratch tool...