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Old 11-04-2004, 01:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A few years ago on the Router Workshop you featured building a stair case and had a jig for doing so. Where can I get the info to build this jig as I'm in the midst of building two sets of stairs.
Thanks so much for your help.

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Old 11-04-2004, 04:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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49Hodge. You should be able to get a staircase router jig from almost any buildiers supplier.
I found one in a building supply discount catalogue in UK priced at £120 ($216)
It's the sort of jig that should last a lifetime unless used professionally every day when it will take a few knocks.
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A few years ago on the Router Workshop you featured building a stair case and had a jig for doing so. Where can I get the info to build this jig as I'm in the midst of building two sets of stairs.
Thanks so much for your help.
Working on this as a tip, hopefully I will have it posted soon.
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where can get plans to make stair jig 2
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The two videos for routing stair frames were up on the woodworking channel in the Router Workshops section when I was there about half an our ago. Google Woodworking Channel, select videos, wait while it gets itself together, then look for a right arrow at the top of the WC display frame, click on this will give you more source options. Router Workshop is about the centre of the second set of sources, select them, and scroll through the titles.

James, there are no universal plans around to my knowledge as every stair setup needs to cater to the installation. Watching the videos will show you how to lay out the frames to suit, make a suitable jig, and do the routing one way, there are probably hundreds of different ways to achieve similar but different results.

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A few years ago on the Router Workshop you featured building a stair case and had a jig for doing so. Where can I get the info to build this jig as I'm in the midst of building two sets of stairs.
Thanks so much for your help.
check out some of mi pic i got some home made jigs
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As Dewy says there are commercially made jigs out there. In the UK the two Trend jigs are probably best known (one for open riser, the other for closed riser). These are also available in the USA and they are made from solid HPL (high pressure laminate, the sort of stuff they machine public toilet cubicles from). There are a number of low-cost alternatives such as these which are probably worth considering as their cost is so low it doesn't make much sense to make a jig IMHO. In the USA Delta/Porter-Cable used to make an excellent cast aluminium one which you still see from time to time on eBay.

The people who make these jigs use aluminium or phenolic/HPL because by its nature a stair jig needs to be very accurately made (the routing pattern on a closed riser is a pair of shallow tapers) but durable - even a single flight of stairs will require something like 28 cuts meaning that at the very least a good quality 16mm/5/8in birch plywood will be required. The other thing to note is that these jigs don't accommodate winders. For those you'll still need to set out by hand.

If you are still determined to make your own I'd suggest getting a good book on joinery, such as the ones colleges use to train apprentices, and study the section on stair construction. From that you will be able to ascertain the actual profile that your jig needs to produce
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Why put out 300.oo + for a jig when you can make one for peanuts, how many Staircases/Steps are you going to put in place in your life time, not many I think, if you do it for a full time job Well..

Amazon.com: Trend STAIR/A Staircase Housing Jig for Closed Risers: Home Improvement

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OTOH, Phil's other suggestion MASTER Stair Jig c/w Carry Bag Check our Worktop Jigs on eBay (end time 29-Sep-10 13:36:25 BST) is probably cost effective.

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