Woodworking Jigs Videos

Portable CrossCut Sled for Circular Saws

The goal for this jig was to build a jig that was portable and accurate in making crosscuts with a circular saw, and at the same time, if it could prevent or somehow collect dust, that would be nice as well. All three were accomplished but the dust collection remains tenuous as a value, but I did reduce the volumes somewhat. What I really liked is just how portable and useful this jig is, it worked better than I expected, giving extremely accurate cuts, it's light to carry around and for anyone who is looking for very nice crosscut mechanism for their circular saw, this could be the one to try. Circular saws are not universal in their designs, so a jig or sled like this could well be different for different saws, the dimensions I am giving are only guidelines.

Watch it on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/zzYTTEaYm-w

I made mine from scrap woods I had around the workshop and even then, it didn't take much of that. I didn't have any plans to start with except the size of the circular saw blade and the dimensions of the saw it'self, and with that, I started and here is my methodology. 

Make a Mitre Gauge Tapering Jig for the Table Saw

One of the reasons there are so many different woodworking jigs is that one jig that does a specific job, may not necessarily perform a similar job when needed, or it may be too cumbersome to use. Such is the case with this Table Saw Mitre Gauge attached Tapering Jig or Wedge Making jig as some call it. This jig is not well suited for making things like tapered legs where there are tapers on all 4 sides. This is because when you taper 2 opposing sides, the last 2 sides need support in order for them to make equal angle cuts, and you also need to compensate for the width of the saw blade with something like veneers. It can be done, but this jig is very cumbersome for that kind of cut. This jig I made in a previous video is far better for making tapered legs and for trimming uneven edged wood, you can check it out here.

Watch it on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/jzc5uil5_-s

This tapering jig is far more suited for smaller, one or maybe 2 sided cuts. I like it because it is variable in many ways including the thickness of stock, width of stock and quite wide variable angles of wedge or tapered sizes. I made mine replicating a 30 - 60 degree triangle, only because it gave me different lengths of the triangle to work with ...

Adjustable Center Finder Jig / Center Marking Jig

It seems I am forever needing to cut a board into equal halves. I always have a tape measure handy, but sometimes it's just quicker and more accurate to use a center finding jig to find the center of a board, especially when they are strange widths ... like 13-9/16. Oh sure I can stop and figure this out in my head ... of use the metric scale, or just grab my center finder jig and have it done in a few seconds ... and anyway, it's fun to make these jigs and see if there are ways we can make them better and more useful.

Watch it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/54IMIBnKEnw

This version of the center finding jig has been around for many, many years but I have never seen an adjustable version ... not that there aren't some out there somewhere, just that I have never seen one. 

Quick and Handy Drill Press Angle Base Jig

Depending on how much you plan on using a jig will determine who much time you want to invest in making it. Some jigs that I use a lot I have put a lot of time into and made them with some built in features that make them easier and more accurate to use. This drill press angle jig is one that I will seldom use, so I want it to be sturdy but I'm not going to invest a ton of time into features to make it more usable. I have a pretty good hunch it will not get a lot of work because the number of times I have had to adjust my existing drill press table in the past 10 years, is about 3 times. Part of the reason for that is because who ever designed this drill press did a super poor job of making the adjustable table anything but easy to adjust ... but never mind, the new angle jig will solve that too.

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