More advance turning project require more advance jigs. Often if you find a job repetitive and difficult there is a jig to make your life easier.
Pen Sled Making your own pen center bands, or making segmented pens, can open up a lot of creative territory to explore. However cutting small parts on the table saw can put your fingers in harm’s way. A band saw is safer, but doesn’t cut as precisely or leave anywhere near a glue ready surface. This article describes a dedicated Pen Sled with a hold down that holds the stock securely, even for small segments, and keeps your fingers well away from the blade.
This article contains plans for the frame-miter table saw sled I use for cutting frame-mitered ring segments. I use sleds for cutting segments because they can quickly cut perfect segments that require almost no sanding.
Used with the jig your router becomes a surfacing tool for large pieces of rough stock. Built from 3/4-inch plywood, the jig consists of a track for the router that slides along two runners fixed to a work table.
One of the hardest, and most frustrating, things that you have to do as a woodworker is sharpen chisels.
Drilling accurate holes in a workpiece held in the lathe can be difficult to achieve accurately, especially if the angle to the wood must be repeatable.
The jig consists of two parts, and rather than telling you how to make one I will make the drawings as clear as I possibly can. I am sure that after you study the drawing, you will have little trouble making this jig. I will however, give a few pointers to make sure that you do it right the first time.