Proto-Jig: Imagine the Possibilities

Vertical Tablesaw Jig
Whaddya think?  Neat, eh?

I can hear you now: “Eh, sure!  What is it?”  Wrong question.  The right one is, “What could it be?”  The correct answer is, lots of different things.

In this case, this is the basic framework for a panel-raising jig for the tablesaw.  I’ll be adding a backer strip and toggle clamp once it arrives from Rockler, and I’ll give you another look when that’s done.

For now, look at this from a different point of view.  This is a tall board held at right angles to the tabletop with an assembly that straddles the rip fence and can slide to and fro.  The spacers were cut a hair wider than the width of the rip fence and then planed down for a slightly snug fit.  Add a little wax and everything slides smoothly, and any residual binding will rapidly disappear.  Some people make these with only one spacer, but I like two for the added rigidity.

What you really have here is a structure that has the capability to be used for a number of different purposes.  Panel-raising jigs and tenoning jigs are just a couple of the possibilities that come to mind.  Anything that requires a board to be held vertically on the tablesaw is fair game for this approach.

What about you?  What are your ideas for using this type of proto-jig?  Leave a comment and let us know.

I’ll be revealing the dimensions for the blanket chest and how I arrived at them later this week.  Stay tuned!


One response to “Proto-Jig: Imagine the Possibilities

  1. – Cutting grooves in the edge of a case box, if you want to attacha face fram with biscuits – like Norm did for his kitchen series of shows.

    – Cutting “starting” kerfs on all edges of a board before resawing it by hand.

    – Similar to panel raising, you could clamp a table top (square or round) to this jig to cut a bevel on the underside of the piece

    That’s all I could think of off the top of my head.

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