Jigs & Workshop Aids

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Tegan Foley  |  May 14, 2024  |  0 comments

Guest judge of the Alan Peters Online Furniture Award 2024 and professional furniture maker, Andrew Lawton, takes a closer look at this excellent set of six ‘Victorian’ bevel-edge chisels from first prize sponsor, Workshop Heaven

Tegan Foley  |  Sep 24, 2023  |  0 comments
The sash cramp has proved itself to be an invaluable workshop aid, but as Michael Wakefield shows, being forewarned is forearmed. Here he offers solutions to five common problems that can arise during use
Tegan Foley  |  Jul 20, 2022  |  0 comments
Having lost faith in router tables, could the sauter lift and Suhner motor combination be the perfect and complete UK solution John Lloyd has been searching for?
Tegan Foley  |  Mar 31, 2022  |  0 comments
Some of the greatest gifts do come in small packages, as Jeremy Broun finds when looking at various routers
Ben Plewes  |  Mar 26, 2011  |  0 comments
In this video series Ron Fox walks you through some basic jigs for use with the router that can drastically increase your productivity. Ron Starts by outlining the use of each jig before showing you how to make them.
Ben Plewes  |  Mar 25, 2011  |  0 comments
Following on from the first part of this new series Ron uses a set of 'shop made straightedges to make accurate cuts during the construction of a hinge jig.
Ben Plewes  |  Oct 27, 2010  |  0 comments
Ron concludes his video series by demonstrating just how versatile the more advanced version of his housing jig can be.
Ben Plewes  |  Oct 20, 2010  |  0 comments
In this instalment Ron demonstrates a larger, more versatile, version of his basic housing jig.
Ben Plewes  |  Oct 14, 2010  |  0 comments
The next step sees Ron swapping cutters to create a counter-bored slot using his housing jig.
Ben Plewes  |  Oct 07, 2010  |  0 comments
Next, the housing jig is used – made in the previous episode – to progress the hinge cutting jig.
Ben Plewes  |  Sep 28, 2010  |  0 comments
Ron completes the housing jig and finds time to share a quick tip on sourcing good quality glue bottles!
Ben Plewes  |  Sep 22, 2010  |  0 comments
To complete the hinge jig Ron first has to make a simple housing jig that utilizes a standard guide bush that comes supplied with most routers.
Ben Plewes  |  Aug 08, 2009  |  0 comments
After a few hours of using the new Bosch GKF 600 palm router, I began to think of all sorts of new ways this handy sized palm router could be used. Due to its size and weight it’s ideally suited to single handed use, or at least a combination of being held with one hand while being supported with an appropriate jig. It was an opportunity to explore what sorts of jigs would suit this machine and whether more routing could be done on the…

Ben Plewes  |  Aug 07, 2009  |  0 comments
Making wooden boxes is always a rewarding task. There are so many different ways to make boxes and they all offer a chance to let your imagination do what it’s good at without spending huge amounts on materials. From the simple single compartment box with lift of lid to the ornate finely dovetailed jewelry box; all boxes present their own set of challenges and rewards.

One problem I have encountered on numerous box making projects is…

Ron Fox  |  Dec 20, 2008  |  0 comments

I like finger joints. I find their symmetry more attractive than through dovetails for the corners of boxes. Admittedly they don’t have the inherent strength of the locking pins and tails of a dovetail, but the castellations give a very long glue line that, with modern adhesives, is more than strong enough for boxes, chests, and carcases. Finger joints can be cut in various ways, including by hand. With a router, it isn’t too…