This Free Jig Plan for Wood Working is a HUGE Help for Duplicating Cuts.
When you have to cut more than 1 piece of wood to the exact same length, this is a simple wood project to get those lengths accurate.
For an example of this jig, we are going to use one the free Kreg projects. The outdoor chair requires 16 pieces all cut to a 23 inch length.
To make all of those chair pieces exactly the same length, we created a jig using the following pattern.
You can make this jig in 15 minutes or less with scrap wood. It is really is a free jig plan wood working!
Start by measuring 23 inches from the left side of the piece of wood you will be cutting. Set your circular saw so that it is lined up along that mark, but do not cut yet.
Find a scrap of wood that is totally square on one end, and, for this example, at least 22 inches long. This piece will now be called your jig.
With your circular saw still lined up with your mark for 23", set your jig next to the left side of your saw's base plate. Draw a line underneath your jig, where the left side of your board ends.
Use another small scrap of wood to add a "stop" on the underside of your jig. Making sure that the stop piece is square to your jig piece, screw the stop piece to the bottom of the jig along the line you just made.
You have just make a jig that will do 2 things for you. It will "measure" the length of each piece you are cutting, and it will be the cutting guide for your circular saw.
Just slide the jig onto the left edge of the piece you need to cut. Clamp it in place, double-checking that it is square.
Place the left side of your saw's base plate along the right edge of your jig, and make your cut.
Remove the jig from that piece, slide it onto the left end of the board, clamp, double-check and cut.
Keep doing that until you have cut all the pieces of that size that you need. When you set those pieces in a stack, you will see just how exact your pieces are!
AND, you actually made the jig, and cut all the pieces in less time and with better results than if you had measured with a tape measure and marked with a pencil.
We recommend that you use a similiar jig when cutting the 5 bookshelves for the small footprint, pocket hole bookcase.
You may think making a jig only makes sense when you are cutting a lot of pieces to identical lengths. But, even if you have only 2 pieces to be cut, consider making a jig to get both of those pieces identical in length. It costs you a little bit of time to make the jig, but you will be much happier with the result.
Now that you know how to cut more accurately with jigs, check out the assembly jigs, too.
May you be pleased with the results of all of your Kreg pocket hole projects, as you incorporate the use of these time saving, and accuracy producing jigs!
The other chapters in the WOODWORKING JIGS section include: