These Free Jigs for Woodworking Give You a 'Third' Hand to Assemble Your Project.
When you don't have a partner to hold for you, these free jigs for woodworking help position your pieces for accurate pocket hole joints.
This jig consists of a flat piece of plywood for a base, and two upright pieces at right angles to each other.
You will use alot of clamps with this jig. Your first set of clamps are used to secure the jig itself to your workbench or other work surface. You do not want the jig moving away from you as you are driving your Kreg pocket hole screws.
Next you place the stile (a vertical piece of the face frame) along the far upright piece, and then clamp it in place.
Then you place a rail (a horizontal piece) next to the other upright, and clamp it in place.
You will now have both hands available to insert the Kreg screws in the holes you made earlier with your pocket jig.
Note that you will use your pocket jig to drill pocket holes in the rails, but not the stiles.
We painted our assembly jig white to make it easier for you to see the difference between the jig and the work pieces. You don't need to paint yours.
When you finish with that pocket hole joint, just move your stile along the far upright until it lines up with the next horizontal piece.
In this photo, the center rail - along one upright - is being connected to the stile - along the far upright. (This photo was taken before we painted our jig.)
The bottom rail of this face frame on the Kreg bookcase is wider than the other rails. A larger C clamp was required to hold that rail against the assembly jig.
The head of the cradle is clamped to one side of the assembly jig, and the side piece is pushed tight against the other side. When all is aligned, you can attach them easily with the Kreg pocket hole screws.
This jig works wonderfully for face frames and smaller work pieces, but for connecting the sides of a cube, you need another jig that will hold the heavier, wider pieces in place. As you can see in this photo, it is hard to get the right angle you need for tight pocket hole joints.
We will bring you an assembly jig for those cubes soon.
The other chapters in the WOODWORKING JIGS section include: