Build jigs quickly and accurately using the right materials, fasteners, and accessories
Synopsis: The purpose of any jig is to make life in the shop easier. Whether building a simple one-use jig for the job at hand or a more complex jig to last a lifetime, the key is to choose materials wisely and take your time. Gary Rogowski explains how to choose the right materials, fasteners, and hold-downs to make durable, easy-to-use jigs.
From Fine Woodworking #209
A good workshop jig will hold your work accurately and safely so you can make consistent, repeatable cuts quickly. Take the template-routing jig I use at the router table (see photo, right). It protects my fingers and allows me to reproduce a shape over and over. It also speeds up the shaping process. So in one jig I get safety, accuracy, and speed.
The purpose of any jig is to make life in the shop easier. Whether building a simple one-use jig for the…