Woodworking Jigs Videos

Making Production Jigs and Machine Stops to Create LED Lanterns

From time to time we find ourselves in situations where we need to make a kind of production run .. that is, we need to make a number of identical pieces that are composed of identical parts, much the same as a small factory. To accomplish this we often have jigs that make duplication quick, easy and accurate, and we can also set up our machinery with what are called "stops" so that cutting wood on things like table saws or chop saws can be done repetitively  with accurate results. In this video, that is exactly what I am doing,  a small production run of a lantern that will be assembled and set up in another video, attached to this article.

These videos were created to make some small wooden lanterns that were designed to help commemorate Canada's 150th Birthday for July 1, 2017. Some of the articles shown in the video were kindly sent to us from the nice folks at  Canadian Tire, like the #redandwhite LED lights, the Canadian Flag and the commemorative T-shirt to help us all celebrate and regonize this time ... Happy Birthday Canada !!

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To start off with, we need wood to work with so using machine stops to get idential pieces of wood is a great start.Once we have some identical pieces of wood, we can start making and using jigs to get repiicated cuts that can be assebled in kind of productin line system.

The video is self explanitory but make sure you check in next time to see how this all comes together ...

Assembly and Set-Up ...
Once all the parts are made, the next step is putting them together, finishing them and setting them up.

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This was a fun project and it's always nice when you can come away from builds like this with a nice, funtional item that others can see and appreciate.


How to Make a Mortising Jig for the Router

Mortise and Tenon wood joinery is one of the most common ways of making woodworking jonts in quality furniture, timber framing and other forms of woodworking. In this video I am completing the other half of the jig making exercise by making a mortising jig. The mortise is this hole in which the tenon is inserted, and often glued or pinned, that go together to make the woodworking joint. There are many, many ways of making mortises from dedicated mortising machines, to using a drill press, cutting them by hand with a mallet and chisel, using a router and more. In this video we will be using the router and manufacturing a simple attachment that is easy to use, and not complicated to set up, to make mortise cuts for mortise and tenon joints.

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To make the morise jig, I started off with a pices of 1/4" hardboard. I find this is better that plywood for this knid of a build because the hardboard is is harder than plywood and because you will likely have to drill counter sunk holes into the base, you will want something stronger than plywood to take that force.

Making Tenoning Jig

The mortise and tenon joint has been around woodworking and timber framing for hundreds of not thousands of years and continues to be a popular form of joinery. The joint can be both hidden or as it is described as "a through tenon" which often means the end protrude through the wood to expose the end of the tenon. Either way the tenon is a very strong joint and when combined with a good quality wood glue, in strength tests with many woods, the wood around the joint will fail before the joint fails.
The disadvantage of the joint is that it does take time to make and often takes some finessing to get a good quality joint, still, the mortise and tenon joint is one of mainstays of woodworking. Like many things in woodworking, pratice are repetition are the key elements of make good quality mortise and tenon joints, and this jig will give you a good head start on making the the tenon part of the joint.

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For our project today we are making a pretty simple jig that is accurate and easy to use and will give accurate joints without  strenuous setup.

Making a Table Saw Fence Alignment Checking Jig

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to assemble parts to a woodworking project and finding out they don't align properly. Many times we blame ourselves for not being more careful in our cuts or for not taking enough time to make proper measurements, but in many cases it's simply that the tools we are using have come out of alignment and need to be re-tuned or re-set.
On the table saw the item that needs to be re-set the most if ... of course the fence. It is the most used item on the table saw and is constantly being moved back and forth and tightened and loosened and all this activity, will, over time create a small amount of wear which results in the fence being out of alignment.

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Every fence for every table saw has some sort of adjustment mechanism. Some are better than others, but all of them can be adjusted. My first table saw has such and awful fence that even when I adjusted it, every time I moved it to a new location, I still had to check and set the front and back separately. It was terribly slow to use, but it was all I could afford and it did the job for me. More advanced and expensive fences are easier to set by simply turning a small set screw but regardless of the fence ... they ALL need to be checked and re-checked from time to time ...

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