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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...