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How does a worktop jig work?

Here is a diagram I made to show how the jig works. The top part shows the offsets between edge of bushing and edge of cutting bit as the centerline. The bottom diagram shows how those two sections ...
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How to square a long board

Unless you already have a straight edge on your board, your fence will just replicate the errors of one edge to the other. What you need is a straight edge jig. It's fairly easy to build. Here's an ...
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What are the considerations for different guide materials in a sled jig?

In my opinion, the biggest advantage of cutting your own guides is that you fine-tune them to your table saw's miter tracks. The miter tracks have manufacturing tolerances, and are probably not ...
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What tools could I use to cut a turned chair leg in half vertically?

This can be done safely on a table saw, although the workpiece must be held securely on a jig of some sort. With a slight mod one of the ripping sleds shown in this Answer could be used. In terms of ...
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What is the difference between a crosscut sled and a table saw boat?

I have not heard the term "table saw boat" before, but it seems they refer to the same thing. How to Build a Sled or Boat for a Table Saw Build a sled or boat for your table saw
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Router planing jig problem - tracks

I get the same tracks, and they come out pretty easily with the orbital as you mentioned. This happens as small variations in downward pressure will occur when making passes with the router sled. One ...
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Fixture and jig, what's the difference

The difference can be arbitrary. Or to put it another way the terms might be considered interchangeable. I don't use the term fixture although I've seen it in print often enough. Jig is one I use a ...
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What tools could I use to cut a turned chair leg in half vertically?

I have not cut chair legs with an irregular profile, but I have successfully ripped 1" diameter dowels. The process is to make a sled and run it through the table saw. But the sled is inverted from ...
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How do i create a really long box joint?

Is the grain direction a problem for me? Box joints are usually cut into end-grain, I would cut them into long-grain In terms of cutting the joint initially, possibly depending on the method chosen. ...
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How do i create a really long box joint?

A simpler option may be to fake it. Instead of an actual box joint you could make a fake looking one by making the cuts in one board and then filling the voids with wood in the other grain direction. ...
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How do i create a really long box joint?

I'll try to answer the question as good as possible myself, but on a few points I'm in over my head. Is the grain direction a problem for me? As far as the cutting goes it shouldn't be a problem, ...
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Fixture and jig, what's the difference

A fixture holds the piece for machining using work reference points for location. A jig guides the tool for machining features in their correct location. An example of a fixture would be if you made ...
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Choosing a CA glue for general purpose woodworking

Superglue does tend to begin to set in storage and I believe the usual consumer experience is you end up wasting most of it :-( The small tubes don't last well after opening and I think can't be ...
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Cutting shallow-angle bevels with a circular saw - is it possible?

As you're likely aware, cutting beyond the 45° limit of the saw can be challenging. It's necessary to think more vertically than usual. Consider to build a fence that includes a 90° bracket along the ...
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How to maintain consistency when drilling many holes in plywood

I would spend the time making a pattern drill guide out of 3/4" plywood. Size of guide would be 24 in wide, and 18"-24" high. Start by drilling the holes 5 cm from the edge. The next set of holes ...
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How does a worktop jig work?

Mt attempt hope this helps someone! Maybe get a cnc out of some laminate or composite panel!
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How to clamp a fence for a router on a narrow piece of wood

I presume you're routing the groves across the short direction of the long brown board. Use an edge clamping guide such as this inexpensive one from Harbor Freight: *No endorsement intended or implied,...
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How to make this curved chamfer?

Make a template of the curve for the top of the board, then insert a templating collar in your router base plate. The collar will follow the template and you can use any bit you'd like sticking ...
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Jig or Technique to cut female thread to match glass bottle (male) threads

I did a quick look for taps that might match the thread on a wine bottle, but didn't have any luck. The next idea I have would be to drill a hole in the wood and glue/epoxy the metal cap into your ...
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Jig or Technique to cut female thread to match glass bottle (male) threads

There are ways to recreate cut threads e.g. using 'followers' but at the end of the day the method for recreating a known but unavailable pitch is called single-point threading and it's an option only ...
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Fixture and jig, what's the difference

The distinction seems arbitrary, but it lies in how the aid is used. Carrlane's article "Introduction to Workholding" explains: Often the terms "jig" and "fixture" are confused or used ...
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How do I stop tearout when using a dovetail jig

Generally speaking, if you put a piece of scrap lumber on the outside of the piece you are cutting with the router before you put it in the jig clamp (I'm guessing it is a clamp system as I do not own ...
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What tools could I use to cut a turned chair leg in half vertically?

If I had to do this, I'd go with bandsaw and some sort of support carriage or guide rail to hold the leg stable while you cut it, much like using a bandsaw to mill boards or veneer out of a section ...
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How do I stop tearout when using a dovetail jig

In addition to using scrap to support the wood during a cut, as Bert said, grain direction can affect tear out. In your photograph above, the cuts are being made on end grain, which greatly increases ...
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Making a box joint jig

It's possible using a relatively complex screw advance box joint jig. It's difficult to explain, but there's a great video demonstrating it here. Basically, you move the workpiece incrementally to ...
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Table Saw Challenge: Making a Sled for a 2' Circle

Just say no to non-linear cuts on a table saw. A much better answer if you don't have a band saw would to use a router jig with a compass base. You can get an excellent cut by either: Plunge the ...
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Jigsaw bevel cut jig

You don't need a jig per se to do this successfully, you just need to run the jigsaw against a straightedge (the wooden fence in the image posted) paying careful attention to pressing the baseplate of ...
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Jigsaw bevel cut jig

Given that the jigsaw does not seems to be the best tool to make what you want (the circular saw is far better), I think that the image you show is one of the better way to do it. The only think I ...
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