Jigs & Workshop Aids

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Ben Plewes  |  Nov 26, 2008  |  0 comments
Mitre trimming jig Click here for Part 1 – Making and using a mitre keying jig Click here to watch a video of the mitre key jig in action   Here is another jig design which is useful for cleaning up the face sides of mitre joints. Again the emphasis is on reducing excess strain while working on the joint. As before this jig design can be scaled up or down according to your needs.

This jig is much simpler than the…

Ben Plewes  |  Nov 26, 2008  |  0 comments
  The mitre is one of woodworking's simplest joints. Being perfectly symmetrical it looks easy to produce, but it’s a joint that is hard to get right and make strong without using unsightly nails or brackets as reinforcement. There are many treatments that can be applied to the humble mitre to increase its strength but not many come close to the elegance of using veneer keys.

I will demonstrate here how to make veneer keys…

Phil Edwards  |  Nov 20, 2008  |  0 comments
Phil Edwards has put together this short video to demonstrate how to adjust and fine tune blades in hand made planes. This is the first in a series of video's from Phil, so watch this space for the next installment.

Phil Edwards  |  Oct 17, 2008  |  0 comments

I made my try plane from bubinga (also called African rosewood), although any durable hardwood will fi t the bill. I could only source 50mm thick planks, so I had to laminate stock together to get thick enough material. You will need a piece 600 x 75 x 62mm for the centre block, as well as two cheeks measuring 600 x 75 x 8mm. Rip the timber down to size on the bandsaw, then glue up the pieces to form the centre block.

Jim Hanna  |  May 20, 2008  |  0 comments
Pocket hole assembly alignment – homemade clamp

I first became aware of pocket-hole techniques after watching Norm Abram use a very expensive system to cut them. Norm’s system was clearly way out of my league, a huge piece of standing machinery with integrated router, drill and clamp, it was way more suited to a production environment than my humble shed but the technique looked very simple.

Andy King  |  Feb 27, 2008  |  0 comments
The Leigh Super Jig turns out perfectly consistent joints every time, with the added bonus of differing pin and tail patterns, and a very easy set-up procedure once you understand the principle. And this is where the Leigh has the upper hand on its main rival the Woodrat, as well as most other dovetailing jigs on the market.

The new Leigh Super Jig is one of three different sizes available, with 12, 18 and 24in capacities allowing you to buy…

Ben Plewes  |  Aug 21, 2007  |  0 comments
If your workshop is anything like mine, the addition of this surface thicknessing jig will be a welcome one. It does exactly what it says on the tin, insofar as it allows you to surface a wide board using a thicknesser. The problem I encountered in my basement sized workshop was that I had enough room for a small six inch surface planer (on wheels) and a ‘portable’ thicknesser (also on a wheeled cabinet). The thicknesser can plane timber…