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Woodworking Jigs and Why Beneficial

crosscut sledTo put it simply, a woodworking jig is a tool that’s used so that you can control the motion of another tool so that repetitive tasks can be done quickly, accurately, and safely. Jigs are also devices that are fairly simple that allow you to make something more complicated.

My shop is a production shop, so I pretty much have to have jigs if I want to produce quickly. When I first started selling the outdoor furniture, I didn’t know anything about jigs, so I didn’t use them.

Because I didn’t know about them, it used to take me quite a while to assemble my parts. I want to say it was about double the time building everything. Now though, I can assemble a porch swing, for example, in 15-20 minutes, whereas it used to take 30-40.

For those that don’t know what a template jig is used for, they are used so that you can assemble the same pieces over and over to turn out the same thing more than once. Here is a picture of the jig table that I use for our 4 foot porch swings:

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This jig is used for 3 different models that we sell that are four feet in length. There are 5 angles on each side, and you swap between them, depending on which swing you are building.

If you have a non-commercial workshop, where you aren’t producing the same thing day in and day out, would you ever need a jig? Definitely! A jig’s primary purpose is to provide accurate, repeated manufacturing of products and/or parts.

Most experienced woodworker’s will have at least a few jigs, patterns, and templates. There are jigs that are made to cut circles with routers; there are jigs so you can cut multiple holes without resetting the drill press position, etc..

There are tons of different jigs out there. If you are looking for patterns, videos, and other aids so that you can build your own, they are all over the internet. YouTube has videos that will help you for sure, that’s where I like to go for detailed instruction.

The simplest of jigs are the ones that are used the most. But don’t let that keep you from building some complex ones. These are the most fun to play with.

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DO YOU HAVE a woodworking project or tip that you would like to submit to WooDesigner and get it added to our site? Then go to the contact tab below OR at the top of this page and let me know. Just make sure you are able to give us step by step instructions on it, as well as images as you see here, and we will put it on this site just like you have read on this page! As long as it is clear and concise like you just saw, it will go up. Your name will be credited to the project, as where you live. (Please include that.) Also include the type of lumber you use for the design. We look forward to hearing from you! (Take note that the tip and images and instructions have to become ours. I do hate that so much but in today’s society so many will sue, and yes, you can sue for a lot of money over images.) The tips will need to include YOUR IMAGES that you take. They can’t be images from somewhere online. Remember, we have to go through these images and if they aren’t your own, we will not be able to use them. This is illegal and it won’t be tolerated and you will be banned from this community by being blocked. We can get sued for this, and just one bad apple can ruin our community.

Ted Leger –

WooDesigner

Crosscutting Sled Image At The Top Of The Page Courtesy Of John Mills On Flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnclarkemills/

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DO YOU HAVE a woodworking project or tip that you would like to submit to WooDesigner and get it added to our site? Then go to the contact tab below OR at the top of this page and let me know. Just make sure you are able to give us step by step instructions on it, as well as images as you see here, and we will put it on this site just like you have read on this page! As long as it is clear and concise like you just saw, it will go up. Your name will be credited to the project, as where you live. (Please include that.) Also include the type of lumber you use for the design. We look forward to hearing from you! (Take note that the tip and images and instructions have to become ours. I do hate that so much but in today’s society so many will sue, and yes, you can sue for a lot of money over images.) The tips will need to include YOUR IMAGES that you take. They can’t be images from somewhere online. Remember, we have to go through these images and if they aren’t your own, we will not be able to use them. This is illegal and it won’t be tolerated and you will be banned from this community by being blocked. We can get sued for this, and just one bad apple can ruin our community.

Ted Leger –

WooDesigner

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