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Default JIGS CAN MAKE ROUTING SAFER!! (lesson learned for a newbie)

Hello Forum!! First post here. I've been lingering around for some time now, but now decided to start posting.

First, a bit of kudos to the forum: Thanks to the vast knowledge of routing here, I was able to construct my own router table and begin a side business making a specific type of reproduction pistol grip for the old Swedish Mauser rifles. It provides me with "shop money" as well. It says a lot that I gained all my help by just searching thru your posts and reading. I didn't have to ask one question!!!

Next, some background: Well, going back to last January (2010), I wanted to start making these grips. I quickly got up and running and had my table built by the end of the month. Now, being a newbie to table routing, I should have taken precautions and gone slower, but I didn't. One of my routing tasks is to put a 1/2" round over on four sides of the grip (see first pic below). I had to do this free handed and, as you can see, the part is quite small. Suffice it to say, I ended up running my middle, ring and pinky fingers of my right hand through the bit (I'll spare you the details) but, boy, did it smart. I had surgery and wore a big bandage for 1 month then another one for 2 months. I came away with near full capability of my hand and a new-found respect for the router!!!

Finally, lessons learned: So, what can I say but JIGS CAN MAKE ROUTING SAFER!! Like an epiphany, on my 2 hour ambulance ride to Columbus (I live in the sticks), I realized how wrong it was to free hand route such a small piece and I thought up a jig to keep my hands faaaar away from the bit (see first picture in the back ground).

I hope this experience of mine can shed some light onto fellow Newbies to table routing and prevent them from repeating it.

Grips ROUGH cut (notice my jig in the back ground):


First grip Finally finished (Right) compared to original (Left):


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INSTALLED on an 1899 Swedish m/96 Mauser:
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Very nice Tim! You'll soon be knocking them out for Brownells!

Can we please see more of the jig? Perhaps shots of it in use?

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Thanks Peter,
Ha, Brownells!! Lord knows they have enough of my money....maybe I should!!

I'll see what I can do about pictures for you this weekend.

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You certainly learn fast Tim, albeit the hard way. Most impressive, I too would like to see shots of the jig in action.

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Hi Tim

I'm Not a big fan of guns, that only do one job "kill", but you did a real nice job on the grips, I would also like to see more of the jig(s) at work

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Tim,
It appears your knowledge of gun use is equivalent to my knowledge of wood working. Guns do far more than kill.
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Hi Gary

Now you got me going ,,,what can guns do other than kill something. ? I think if they melt down all the guns on both sides the wars would almost stop around the world/>>>>>..yep I'm from the 60's..hahahahahahah.. we can all dream maybe melt them all down and turn them into hand planes..

I should say I'm not down on Guns it's that little thing that comes out of one end of them..

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Hi Tim. Nice job on the jig, proving once again that necessity is truly the mother of invention. Glad the lesson didn't cost you anymore than some skin and recovery time.

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Hi Bob:

How about using a gun to prop a door or window open? Or maybe banging some critter over the head?

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hahahahahaha

I don't want to high jack the post by going off the point of his post to far but C.H. once said " out of my cold dead hands" I don't think that part of the constitution is now needed for today world..or should be , I once read about how many guns we have by "We The People ' have, WOW..

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