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The circular saw for some workers, like carpenters, is often their most used tools, and they even wear them out, For woodworkers it might also be their most important tool especially if they are new to woodworking and still working on a collection of power tools. For me, it was the second power tool (after my corded drill) that I purchased, and even though I no longer have that circular saw, to this day I still use my circ saw quite often for breaking down sheets of plywood to manageable sizes before running through the table saw, and even for longer boards that just need to be shortened so they are easier to maneuver in my workshop.
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The first 8 foor ripping jig for the circular saw that I made is probably 20 years old and despite the fact I have gone through 2 circular saws since then, I still use that jig to this day .. that's how handy that jig is for breaking down sheets of plywood ...
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Attempting to make small parts on any woodworking machine means extra care is needed and almost always some sort of a holding jig to keep your hands and fingers away from cutting bits and blades, which is why this jig is so handy. Router bit spin at very high speeds and for some, just the noise can be intimidating. The high speed spinning bits will normally produce excellent results, but if you ware working with smaller pieces, if then are not supported properly, can whip smaller pieces out of your hand in an instant so support for smaller pars means a safer way to cut, and equally as important ... a better quality cut because working safely means we can take our time to ensure better quality results.
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This small parts holding jig is easy to build and doesn't take a lot of time and when you are done you will appreciate how well it works for holding those small parts in the router table. I started off with some bits of plywood ...
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Not every jig needs to be complicated, and this jig is one of the simplest, yet most effective jigs you can make for cutting dados. It's ideal for anyone who wants to make a shelving unit and want to make sure the shelves are securly connected to the sides by having them inset into dado. The jig is quick and easy to set up, and it's variable, meaning you can use it for any depth of shelf you want and you don't even need to measure them, you can use the actual shelf that you have to set the width of the dado, then simple clamp the jig to your end boards and start cutting ... it's that easy.
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I made mine form 3/4 inch plywood because it's stable, thick and sturdy and won't easily (if at all) warp or crack, and will give me many, many years of service ...
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Some of the jigs I make are jigs I wished I had made a long time ago, and this is one of those jigs. Yes, I did make another jig similar to this a few years ago, but this one seems easier to use and adjust, and the bonus is that with the clear plastic base, even with sawdust flying, I cans still see farily well what I am doing.
For the construction of this jig I decided on using a better grade of 3/4 inch plywood. I didn't have enough longer pieces around so time to go out and purchase a full 4 x 8 sheet.
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I starte off by using my circular saw to cut strips off the 8 foot side of the sheet. I cut 2 of each of the following 3 inch, 2 inch and 1.5 inch, these would form the rails that the carriage would slide on, I also cut one more 3 inch that would serve as the sides of the carriage. I also found I did not have any clear plastic chunks bit enough so off to the plastic store to snoop through their cut-off bin to see what I could find ...