Woodworking Jigs – Techniques for Woodworkers
A lot of woodworking plans these days require pieces which can most safely and easily be formed using woodworking jigs. The good news is that a lot of these woodworking jigs may be created right from your very own wood shop. This tutorial will help you build several typical woodworking jigs which can be used repeatedly in various woodworking projects.
Technique 1 – Table Saw Box Joint Jig
No doubt that the table saw is one of the most important and woodworking tools inside a woodshop. Usually, a table saw is a tool with which an entire shop is organized. Because of that, it is usually the most expensive tool there is. While there are different tasks which can be handled by a table saw, one that is considered rarely is using it for creating box joints. This can be done by using a simple box joint jig, together with a stacked dado blade set, placing on the arbor of the table saw, thus creating consistent box joints quickly.
Technique 2 – Cross Cut/Panel Cutting Jigs
Most of the time, the shelves of suppliers in woodworking are filled with all types of woodworking jigs. All of these jigs are designed to create difficult-to-repeat or complicated tasks in the woodshop much safer, easier, and repeatable, with accuracy. However, the different tasks that are simplified by several of these commercially made available woodworking jigs can be accomplished easily using a homemade jig, minus the expenses that you usually expect. One way to do so is by building a cross-cut and panel cutting jigs. No need to purchase other materials because you can easily use scrap, and leftover material.
Technique 3 – Table Saw Jointer Jig
A jointer is a woodworking tool which is designed to create a smooth and flat edge on a long edge of a board. Out of this straight edge, you can easily create a parallel edge on the opposite side. Most of the cases, however, there is no need to use an expensive jointer in order to make that flat first edge. Rather, you can easily use a jointer jig on your table saw in order to achieve that same smooth and flat edge.
Technique 4 – Making Featherboards
Another type of jig that is available at different woodworking suppliers is a featherboard, or its variations. All of them are designed for use together with a router table or table saw in order to securely hold the stock against the blade or cutting head. Aside from the fact that the featherboard securely holds the board, it also ensures that beads and cuts are true and straight. At the same time, it also acts as a safety tool which helps in preventing kickback.
Technique 5 – Band Saw Circle Cutting Jig
Projects in woodworking such as round, small tables need a perfect circular stock piece that can be cut for the table top. Even though you can cut a round shape manually using a jigsaw or bandsaw, even those with steady hands will not be able to come up with perfect, round shape. One of the most consistent and easiest methods for cutting a rounded shape out is using a band saw circle cutting jig. With this, you can cut smooth and perfectly rounded shapes each time you need it.
Indeed, woodworking jigs are very useful for woodworkers. Rather than use one that is made by others, or purchase one at that, making your own woodworking jigs is a better option to consider. By following the tutorial above, you can come up with your very own jigs that can be used in your projects.
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