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Dado JigIf you follow my woodworking habits, you are well aware that I enjoy using my routers with pattern bits chucked in the collet. The piece I’m working on for the August issue requires repetitive stop cuts that are a 1/4″ wide. As far as I know, pattern bits with a 1/4″ or 1/2″ shank in 1/4″ diameters don’t exist.

If I had a pattern bit, I could clamp a straightedge at my layout line then proceed to routing the dado in just the right location. Another option is to clamp a fence at the appropriate offset to the layout line so I could run the base of the router against the fence and cut the dado where needed. Who wants to constantly measure and mark that offset?

There is a third option. I realize this jig might be old hat if you’re deep into woodworking, but if it’s a new idea, you should give it a try. I use these all the time, they are simple to make (as demonstrated below) and they are so cheap you can make a separate jig for each different bit you use.

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