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It's Time to Crown Our Jig Champs

comments (2) September 10th, 2010 in blogs

Ed_Pirnik Ed Pirnik, Senior Web Producer
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Its time to crown a couple of toggle clamp champs for our Got Jigs gallery challenge. Find out who took home the top honors! - CLICK TO ENLARGE

It's time to crown a couple of "toggle clamp champs" for our Got Jigs gallery challenge. Find out who took home the top honors!

Photo: Ed Pirnik

Update: Read about a correction to the winners list.

Oh how I wish I had a golden toggle clamp to award to our two jig champs! But alas, the streets outside Fine Woodworking's office aren't paved with gold, and besides, what the heck would you do with a golden jig accoutrement? But I digress . . . it's time to announce the winners of our Got Jigs gallery contest!

Most Ambitious
This award was meant to recognize heavily engineered creations involving some serious mechanical parts. Wrangler55's Router Jig to Flatten Large Slabs really fit the bill. This jig's creative use of linear bearings -purchased from eBay (nice Yankee thrift)-got a lot of attention from the online community, as well as our editors.

Best Idea
For our "Best Idea" category, we were on the lookout for "elegantly simple" jigs. kiwigreg's Simple Tapering Jig was just that. Made from nothing more than a small piece of 3/4-in. MDF with about four-dozen holes drilled in it, this jig couldn't be easier to build. Some folks found it humorous that his simple jig was adorned with a couple of $75 clamps, but hey, those clamps don't make the jig any less elegant or more complex.

Congratulations to both our winners and remember: we've got plenty more contests and challenges lined up for the rest of the year. If you didn't bring home the bacon, er sawdust, this time, you'll have plenty of chances going forward.

Jigs, Jigs, and More Jigs

• Multipurpose Tablesaw Jig 
• Finger-Joint Jig for the Tablesaw 
• A Simple Tapering Jig 
• Self-Centering Mortising Jig 
• Clamping Jig Secures Drawers for Planing
• Strong Miter Joints with Biscuit Joiner Jig 
• Build Your Own Mortising Jig 
• Picture Frame Jig Masters the Miter 


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Comments (2)

zgmc zgmc writes: I agree. It hardly seems fair to spotlight any of the jigs while the contest is going on.
Posted: 9:26 am on September 12th

GarageWoodworks GarageWoodworks writes: Ed - I wonder if the Tapering Jig receiving more votes had anything to do with the attention you gave it on the front page of the website (with a direct link to it)?
Posted: 2:52 pm on September 10th

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