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Is there a basic/recommended format to tag a new shopmade jig or fixture that would be used frequently?

I was thinking back to my days in the Canadian Army's EME (Electro Mech Eng), where entire manuals were written over the smallest widget. They had a lot of makework projects...

With today's digital cameras, its a lot easier, but there's always some special tweaks that need to be annotated. Collet and Guide sizes, bit type and depths (Jig thickness, bit depth, adjuster settings, etc.)

Like most guys over 40, I get spasms of CRS (Can't Remember Anything), so I just wondered if anyone had any tips.

I figured I could scoop some free tags at the bag counters at the airport and stuff my notes for a given jig/fixture and drill a 'tag hole' in the jig, instead of making a shiny brass tag with embossed notes.

If order comes from chaos, why is commonsense so uncommon any more?
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P-touch makes some heavy duty tapes that hold up pretty well, have extra adhesive for rough enviroments, it could be a possibility.

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Norm,

P-touch makes some heavy duty tapes that hold up pretty well, have extra adhesive for rough enviroments, it could be a possibility.

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Thanks Kristin. I'll check into that. I've got Avery Label's layout program (Free download)

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I was wondering if there was a basic list of info that people kept or wrote on their more permanent jigs.

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I was wondering if there was a basic list of info that people kept or wrote on their more permanent jigs.
Hi Norm. I would think that guide bushing size, bit type/size, maybe height adjustment. I'm thinking any information that you will need to use the jig again. I "personally" haven't had much luck with labels. I use a majic marker, but that's not the perfect solution in all cases either.

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Norman,

I bought a reconditioned p-touch that hooks up to USB port, takes up to 1" wide tapes for about $25 from p-touch direct.com It came with the software to do horiz or vert multi line printing in your choice of font or size, just a thought. Can also be used standalone with the full qwerty keyboard on the thing with LCD preview

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I use a Sharpie permanent marker on my jigs. I include the project, any critical measurements or accessories required. This works well for identifying the jig but it is a good idea to keep a project log with important information. That way when someone asks you to duplicate a project you made in the past all the information is available.

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Perhaps I should start to label my jigs and templates, I waste too much time sitting wondering what I made a particular template for! This was particularly so when we moved home after 35 years, I came across so many beautifully made jigs that for the life of me I couldn't figure out what they were for, so to the dump they all went.

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Hi

I have one or two jigs most are not marked up or have tags on them ,I don't keep a log how to use them or what they are for ,to me it's like riding a bike once you have you don't forget how the norm, most logs are like putting it on a roll of TP you can't make heads or tails out of it anyway.
Many of my jigs/templates are not just for one type of job.

But that's just my 2 cents

It's almost like putting a tag on your edge guide for your router or putting a note on it saying this is edge guide ,,WHY ..

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I have one or two jigs most are not marked up or have tags on them ,I don't keep a log how to use them or what they are for ,to me it's like riding a bike once you have you don't forget how the norm, most logs are like putting it on a roll of TP you can't make heads or tails out of it anyway.

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Hi


hahahahahahaha yes and no I use the small string white tags on my router bits, it's gives me notes how to set them up....

like below

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