Jigs And Fixtures

Adjustable Circle-Cutting Jig

Adjustable Circle-Cutting Jig Cut perfect circles up to 4' across! By Richard Tendick Have you ever tried to cut a circle on a bandsaw, freehand? It’s quick, but it sure isn’t exact. Dollars to doughnuts you’ll get fl at spots or bumps that are a pain to sand out. Big circles...

Q & A: Dovetail Jig Set-Up

Q & A: Dovetail Jig Set-Up Q: I’ve fallen in love with my dovetail router jig, but my big frustration is setting the depth of the dovetail bit each time. I’ve tried measuring how much the bit should stick out, but that’s awkward and I spend too much time on trial...

Tablesaw Tapering Jig

Tablesaw Tapering Jig I recently built a pair of garden benches that required several identical parts that were tapered on both sides. To make the job easier, I built this jig that worked for both angles. The two screws make setting the angles quick and precise. On the first cut, the...

Drawer Slide Tracing Jig

    I recently needed a jig to trace lathe turnings. I tried a variety of designs but none produced the accuracy or ease of operation that I wanted.    While rummaging around my shop, I discovered an extra set of 10-in. ball bearing drawer slides (see Sources, below) left over...

Vertical Drilling Jig

        I came up with this slick way to drill a large, straight hole in the end of a post. It works great and makes good use of my tall floor-mounted drill press.   To make the jig, I first swung my metal drill table to the side...

$1 Blast Gate

        Adding a dust collection system to my shop was a great move, but it wasn’t cheap. I did manage to save money by making my own blast gates. The main component of the dust gates is a 3-in. PVC coupler. It cost me only $1 at my...

4 Handy Tablesaw Jigs

  Unlock your saw's full potential.   by Seth Keller         The tablesaw’s power and precision put it at the center of everyone’s shop. Despite this honored position, a tablesaw is mostly used for mundane ripping tasks. To make better use of my tablesaw, I use these four...

Adjustable Board Support

  In the good old days, when a woodworker wanted to plane a board’s edge, he’d clamp one end in the bench’s face vise and support the cantilevered end with a free-standing device called a “deadman”. My modernized version mounts in the tail vise. After drilling holes in a 2-in.-thick post,...

Gauge Blocks Aid Biscuit Joiner Setup

Gauge blocks work great for quick, accurate biscuit joiner fence settings. All you do is pinch the block between the fence blades. This technique will also ensure the fence is set parallel to the blade. Joiners with rack-and-pinion fence adjustments automatically set the fence parallel with the blade. For this type...