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Table Saw SledNote: This list contains links to photos of woodworking jigs I have made. Additional information, and in some cases, additional photos can be found on the appropriate page for each tool.

These jigs were made, as needed, over a 50 year time span, which explains the large number and different construction techniques. They were made to fit the machines in my shop, often while in the midst of another project, and I do not have measured drawings for any of these jigs.


Jigs and Fixtures -- what's the difference?

A jig guides the tool to the work, for example, a dovetail jig. A fixture guides the work to the tool, for example, a table saw sled. Most woodworkers make no such distinction and call everything a jig, and so do I.     

Table Saw Jigs (from Table Saws page)

Large Sled which will handle stock 20" from front to back and 2 1/2" thick.
Medium Sled which will handle stock 13" and 2" respectively.
     Hold downs used with sleds to hold thin stock or large panels
Small Sled is useful for narrow stock and has only a rear fence.
     T-track allows the use of sliding stops and various hold-downs
Stock miter gauge improved with sliding stop blocks
Cross Cut Jig has a zero clearance edge
Traditional taper jig hinged at rear
Taper sled is made from 1/2" MDF with toilet T-bolts and fixture knobs
     Taper sled hold downs used to secure stock during cut
Sled which pivots in center used while making wooden planes
     Pivot sled modified for miter cuts which are set with drafting triangles
Simple wedge jig was made to cut wooden plane wedge blanks
Depth Gauge uses old forms ruler to set saw blade height
Dial indicator and carrier used to check alignment and blade run out
Outfeed Table supported by the rear rail with round head bolts
Large Sliding Panel Sled used for cutting large panels
Work supports are sawhorses with waxed MDF strip or roller bearings
Box Joint Jig with carrier base to fit table saw or router table
Panel Jig supports panels in a vertical orientation for rabbet cuts
Tenon Jig with simple clamp mechanism and carrier which moves in or out

Table Saw Safety Devices (from Shop Safety page)

Push blocks which hold the stock down as well as pushing it forward
Small pusher block used when cutting small or thin stock
Knee operated kill switch mounts between stock switch and mounting bracket
Zero clearance insert with an aluminum splitter blade used with rip blade
Zero clearance insert blanks made from UHMW plastic and pecan
Feather boards used to prevent kick back are held down with T-nuts
T-nuts and wood strips hold zero clearance blanks while blade is raised
Stand off block used to prevent kickback of small cutoffs
Piece of soft pine with a slot in it used when changing blades

Radial Arm Saw Jigs (from Radial Arm page)

Shop made base with storage constructed to same height as old table saw
Adjustable Height Roller Stand used to support long stock
Dust Collection Hood connects to a 4" dust port
Depth Stop prevents lowering blade too far
Stop Block clamps to the fence to aid in repetitive cuts
Miter Jig used for 45 degree miter cuts

Bandsaw Jigs (from Other Saws page)

Circle Jig used for cutting circles on the bandsaw
Fence for new 14" BS uses two rails with heavy duty T-track to which a
     T-Square Bracket is clamped and this supports a rip fence, a resaw fence
     for resawing lumber, and a knife edge curved fence
Bandsaw sled used with fence and support when used to left of blade
     Work supports such as chocks and end points assist in squaring log ends,
      halving the log sections and further trimming
Overhead trammel point used when cutting cylindrical or cone shaped bowl blanks
Simple Cross Cut Gauge used for cutting pen blanks
Crank which slips over tension knob makes changing blades faster and easier
Brush to clean tires mounted in wheel covers to prevent sawdust build up on tires

Routers and Router Tables (from Routers and Router Tables page)

New router table sits on top of air filtration unit
     A horizontal joint making jig is used with vertical panel raising bits
My old router table and fence can also sit on top of 8" table saw
Router accessories including dovetail jigs, circle jigs, and square offset bases
Router rest used to park a router without waiting for bit to stop spinning
Precision fence used to trim hardwood bands on veneer faced sheet goods

Drill Press Jigs (from Drill Press page)

Table lift with maple extensions is clamped to central support column
     which replaced counter weight suspended from pulley on the back of the drill
Accessory tray made from unused column mounted hold down
Drill Press Table adapts drill press for woodworking operations
     Metal rods facilitate drilling long boards
     Inserts are easily reversed or replaced
     A hold down slips over one of two bolt heads on the rear of the fence
Anodized aluminum fence accepts 1/4" bolts which hold
     sliding stop blocks and sliding hold down
     When required, a longer fence segment can be installed
     The fence clamps to the table with fixture knobs
V-Block centers and holds round stock to be drilled
Drill bits are stored in a shop made bit caddy or bit carrier

Lathe Jigs (from Lathes page)

Tool Tray rests on end of lathe bed to hold tools in use
Power sanding disks made from Roloc grinding disks and disk holders
Simple passive sander holder is a block of rosewood with 1/4" hole
Adjustable angle head disk holder with ball bearing in head turned from rosewood
Scrapers made from very thick old files properly tempered
Tool Bit Holders used to hold HSS lathe tool bits
Pyramid point turning tools made from old HSS twist drill shanks
Round Skew chisel made from 1/2" long shank HSS drill
Multiple tip hollowing and scraping tool made from baseball bat and steel rod
Beading scraper made from square shank screwdriver and molding cutters
Center Hole Drills used to provide chip relief and gauge bowl depth
Tailstock centering cones fit tightly over revolving Steb Center
Bowl depth gauge made from scrap of wood and dowel
Hardwood cylinder with steel point used to center faceplates
Mandrels made from hardware store all-thread and nuts
Tapered drive centers and stub tenon jigs turned from old maple rolling pins
Steady rest used to support thin walled vessels and long pieces to be hollowed out
Another steady rest made from channel iron, inline skate wheels and threaded rod
Screw chuck made from Baltic Birch plywood and MDF screws
Large screw chuck uses commercial screw which can be adjusted for length
Faceplate system with faceplate chuck holds 3" and 4" faceplates
Ring collar chuck used when turning off pine glue block on bottom of bowl
Jam chuck carrier holds items with friction from the inside or with a groove in a disk
Cup shaped jam chucks tapped with shop made tapping guide to fit faceplate chuck
Centering plate assists in centering stock and other lathe operations
Hollow tailstock used with lamp base auger to drill lamp base for cord

Jet Mini Lathe Jigs (from Other Lathes page)

Semi-mobile stand with lifting levelers
Wooden handles fit over original metal tool rest support and tailstock levers
Spindle stop made from aluminum bar stock and 5/16" bolt
Shop made spindle adapters used to make screw chucks and
     other jigs such as this faceplate adapter and jam chuck holder,
     a wine stopper chuck,
     and this mini independent 4-jaw mini chuck used to hold small square stock
Mini Cole jaws used with Oneway chuck when reverse chucking bowls
Ring collar chuck made for Jet mini lathe uses same rings as those for metal lathe
Toolpost holder for metal lathe tool post -- complete description on Other Lathes page

Circular Saw Guides (shown on Other Saws page)

Zero clearance saw guides used to cut sheet goods to final dimension outside

Chop Saw Station (shown on Other Saws page)

Chop saw station with fence extension on roll about base

Reciprocating Power Hacksaw (shown on Other Saws page)

Power Hacksaw uses a counter shaft to drive hacksaw frame on steel bar
Sharpening Guides (from Sharpening page)
Plywood supports assist in sharpening lathe tools
Fingernail profile grinding jigs and pivot baskets set with simple templates
     facilitate side grind for Ellsworth profile or fingernail profile
Bevel gauge made from two protractors used to check included angle of tool bevel
Sharpening Guides used with Scary Sharp system to sharpen
     chisels, plane irons, and scraper plane irons
Angle guides made from aluminum are used for setting bevel angles
2 x 48" belt sharpener uses cheap lathe head stock and bottom wheel
     to sharpen chisels, gouges,
     plane irons, and even jointer knives
Assembly Aids (from Assembly Aids page)
Plate joiner more accurate with simple plywood base
Kreg Jig attached to plywood base and used with bench hooks
Clamping squares and clamp pads assist in assembling frames
Through dovetail jigs made using the Stots Dovetail Template
Hand screws with Jorgensen style double threaded steel rods made from hardware kits
Hand screws made from hardware store all-thread and T-nuts in a push-pull configuration

Sanding Aids (from Sanding page)

Random orbit disk guide assists in lining up holes in disk and sander
Shop made sanding table with pegboard top also used when free hand routing
Tear guide for PSA roll paper and for standard sheet paper
Sanding blocks made from two hardwood blocks and a square drive screw

Dust Filtration Unit (described on Dust Control page)

My dust filtration unit is located in the base of my router table
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