Jigs Part 5

Pocket Hole, Router, Taper, and Using Jigs and Fixtures.


How to Use Pocket Hole Jigs

The only way to join lumber together, if you want to separate them later, is to use some pocket hole jigs. These form a strong bond and can hide the screws or nails that hold everything together. The pocket hole jig is excellent addition to any carpenter’s collection and an easy tool for the beginner to learn.


Making A Router Jig

A router jig is something you use in conjunction with a router. Basically, it provides a guide or template for the router and can help with repetitive motions and making duplicate items. It's a good idea to make a jig before starting a project if you plan on making more than one of the same thing. These devices are made from wood and very easy to put together. They are mostly used for woodworking to make cuts and designs with the router much easier to do.


Using Jigs and Fixtures in Your Woodwork

By using jigs and fixtures, you can improve the ability of your woodworking equipment. Woodworking jigs and fixtures help you to accomplish things in your woodworking that the tools alone are not capable of doing. Woodworking jigs not only hold your piece of wood, but they also help to move the wood in relation to the tool that you are using. A common design of jig is a carriage that slides. Jigs are guides for wood cutting and shaping tools and are quite often used in repetitive tasks.


Table Saw Taper Jig


Most woodworkers strive diligently to make a piece of wood square, and have a hard enough time with that. To deliberately make a piece of wood tapered can really take some finesse. Making a tapered table leg can sometimes be a rather daunting task. I have heard of a method for doing this on a jointer, but this method has some inherent problems. Since each successive pass on the jointer relies on the previous pass, the slight variations in cutting depth and angle will be compounded several-fold. This will result in a leg which is not symmetrical, and successive legs may not end up the exact same size. Using a jig on the table saw can eliminate these particular problems. No matter how many passes you choose to make, the leg will still be symmetrical. No matter how many copies you need, they will all be the same size. These are the primary keys to this method.


Jigs

This is one of the first jigs I built for the table saw and found it very useful. It measures 25" deep by 32" wide and constructed out of scrap oak and oak veneer plywood. The Degree scale was designed and printed by a local print shop on a radius of 12" and cursor lines of 5mm.


Woodworking Jigs

Woodworking Jigs assist woodworking equipment to reach their full potential. You can Band saw circles free hand. If you want two of them the same diameter, you'll need a jig. The point is quality jigs help you become a quality woodworker. And your skills will increase as you make these woodworking jigs.  A good jig allows quick set-ups, and efficient cuttings. With a superior jig, few mistakes are possible and not much skill is required for good results.


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