Woodworking Jigs: A must have in every woodworkers kit.
A woodworking jig is a must have in every woodworkers kit. To put it simply, it’s the one thing that can save you, as a woodworker, a whole lot of time measuring something over and over when you wish to make duplicates of a design. To simply put it; the jig is basically a sort of template that guides you as you make several copies of the same piece from the same material. The common jig can be bought off the shelves of any woodworking store, but being a person who likes to make things from scratch, you can make your own. The things that you would need include a tape measure, circular saw, power drill, chalk line, clamps, a pencil and some paper. Woodworking Jigs
Woodworking Jigs: Your first step would be to start by measuring.
Using the tape measure, find the distance between the inside of the blade on your circular saw and the outside of the base plate of the saw. By adding an extra two inches to this measurement, cut a plywood board by that measurement in width and 48 inches in length. Plywood is fairly easy to cut using the same circular saw, so you shouldn’t encounter any difficulties. If you find it hard to cut out the exact measurements then have a professional help you or use this as a learning process. When you’ve finish with that board, cut out another piece that is 2 by 48 inches.
Using some wood glue, place the smaller board on the right side of the first board and hold them in place using the screws and the power drill. Be careful to drill only enough to accommodate the positioning and do not ruin the wood. On the plywood, measure and make marks on the parts which need to cut off. You can use the chalk lines to guide you but if you have none a marker or pencil could work too. You now have a new homemade jig. Dust it and wipe it down then place the new jig on the chalk line. Trying to follow the measurements exactly, try to align the two inch edge of the jig so that it is on the right side of the chalk line then secure the jig to the wood that you wish to cut using clamps. Woodworking Jigs
Your next step would be to get down to cutting the plywood with your circular saw. You can remove the clamps to finish of the cutting and then repeat the steps again for as many pieces you need that require a straight edge cut. You can use your jig for as many pieces as you could possibly want. The only flaw in a homemade jig is that it might not last as long as you’d like it too because it may fall apart after you saw on it continuously. It would also wear out faster as compared to store bought ones but this depends on the quality of the material used. Woodworking Jigs
So what are you waiting for? Get to it and make your very own jig to save you a lot of time when working on your next project!