Deluxe Juice Groove Jig
It was time to build a juice groove jig to finish a series of cutting boards I’d made, so I looked around and came up with the idea of making one that would do a variety of tasks, mostly by adding adjustable guides for varying the edge spacing. It will also allow me to route a ‘tray’ area into a piece and use a surfacing bit to clean it out, etc.
The build list included a set of plans from King Woodworking($7), a 4X4 sheet of sanded plywood ($26), a 2X2 sheet of MDF ($8), a 10-pack of T-bolts ($11), two packages of Woodpecker star knobs ($22) and some glue and screws.
Spent about a day and a half figuring out what to do and the final version was actually simpler than I imagined - the adjustment guides are held down with the same t-bolts as the chocking guides for holding the workpiece. Overall size is 30” X 30” - maximum routing depth from an edge is around 3”. This jig will handle a piece as big as 19” X 19”, so plenty of room for cutting boards and similar projects. Finished it with some Varathane Sanding Sealer I had on the shelf. The 2X6 pieces on the corners were added as clamping ‘tabs’.
Common Man Woodworking