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Every woodworker wants his or her time in their shop to be efficient and productive. Some of the most important tools in the shop are the jigs used to help make your work cleaner and easier. Jigs are physical versions of workshop shortcuts, tips and workarounds that can actually make a job fast and fun, although they won’t necessarily give you the precision and skills you might not yet have. Working with Jigs
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I make my own jigs or whatever, partly because it's more fun that way, and partly because that way I get exactly what I want, not what someone else thinks I want.

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Shop-made jigs are always important for my projects because I can fairly quickly cobble something up that will ensure control, enhance repeatability, or extract complex operations into multiple simple steps. I have also learned to write a note on the jig with its purpose and date. Otherwise after a few months I look at it and think "What the heck did I make this for?"
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One of my favorite jigs is one for making splines in picture frames. It has a sliding fence that's tall so I can clamp on a picture frame. Because the V angle is exactly 90, I can place a backer on the back stop, to prevent chipout when using my 1/4-3/8ths specialty blade. That increases the versatility. The fence cinches down tight and can be set to place the spline precidely every time. It is close to 18 inches wide.
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One of my favorite jigs is one for making splines in picture frames...
I slapped something similar together to make a simple frame for a mirror. I've used it several times now. After seeing yours, Tom, I won't be posting pictures of mine.

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When it is feasible I make my own jigs. Some custom to my equipment, some for a specific project. I try to make a specific project jig universal for other tasks, if possible.

Sometimes the jig is more satisfying than the project.

An update: I have moved, still have not set up my new shop yet. No woodworking this year. I hope to change that soon.

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I have also learned to write a note on the jig with its purpose and date. Otherwise after a few months I look at it and think "What the heck did I make this for?"
Or, just as bad, when you're making multiples, with no writing sometimes it will wind up in whatever you''re making. Then it's remake time. Now the first thing I write on mine is MASTER, on each side. Don't ask how I know this. I write anything useful on mine, how many copies I will need, etc.
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I will echo the putting of notes on jigs. What bit to use, etc are all hard to remember after a while
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That jig should work very well for adding splines to the corners on boxes.
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One of my favorite jigs is one for making splines in picture frames. It has a sliding fence that's tall so I can clamp on a picture frame. Because the V angle is exactly 90, I can place a backer on the back stop, to prevent chipout when using my 1/4-3/8ths specialty blade. That increases the versatility. The fence cinches down tight and can be set to place the spline precidely every time. It is close to 18 inches wide.
Oooh, glad I stopped by this thread. I'm just putting together a photo storage box and it is to have splines. I knew I'd seen one somewhere but couldn't remember the original thread, now here it is. Thanks Tom, so timely.
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