My way of making some of my routing jigs
I just spent the last half hour looking for a thread to fit these pictures on, and didn't find any that really fit something like these. Now if I can find the pictures. Found them, and not anywhere close to where I thought they would be.
OK, first one. This is the master for the center part of the wooden figure banks I make. You can make out the nails in the nail pilot holes, to hold it down to the piece to be routed. Sometimes vibrationwill shake the nails loose, if they aren't too many, and not driven in enough, so better more than enough, than not enough. They'll be on the inside anyway, so won't show. I usually hve to make three to four of these if I have to make a new one from scratch - the measurements are that close.
Second: This is the bottom of the jig to hold my base for routing. Measurements on this are close also. I use my mitre saw and cut a piece 5" X 5", then set it in.
Third: This is the top side of the same jig. The bar going across it is a finger hold - I hold onto that with all eight fingers, then the two thumbs press on the edge of the 5" X 5" piece, and hold it in place, then rout. Refer to second photo - the two long slots on each side are to rout two slots in the base for the 'feet' of the piece routed by the jig in photo one. The small notch in the bottom of the jig are to mke a very slight dip in the base, to indicate the back of the base. The finished base may look identicl front to back, and it is, as much as I can make it, but there will always be a tiny difference, and that tiny difference is critical if the correct side does not go to the front - hence the tiny notch, eliminates guesswork.
Fourth. This is the bottom side of the rear top piece of my banks.
Five: And this is the top side. You can see the bar the fingers hold onto, and the side pressed in with the thumbs. The part routed out is the coin drop at the bottom of the coin chimney, or whatever it is, never thought to name it, and the 'bar' that locks in the piece at the rear that comes out to take out the money. On this jig, and the one for the base, it is pretty much impossible to use either without having your hands on the bar and your thumbs applying pressure - this pretty well guarantees your fingers will not get anywhere near the router bit while using them. You may not be able to tell, but in one or two places, there are pieces that cover where the bit would be in the top of the jig and open, so no accidential touching.
Six: The top of my knight jig for my chess pieces.
Seven: Side view. A bit clearer perhaps. All of my router templates/patterns are two pieces of 1/2" plywood glued together, then nail pilot holes drilled throu, so the piece can be tacked down.
Eight: The bottom edge. To use I set a large enough piece of wood (usually plywood) on the shelf made by the bottom (third) layer of plywood. Then it's tacked down by nailes from the top. Then the extended handle is gripped and the wood routed around. You can see where the jig is tapered, to match the bottom sides of the piece. Routs very rapidly, and neatly. Somehow I lost the rook, so have to make another master. Simple enough, after you cut out a good master rook that it. I like both sides identical, which means I get one side I like, tack that down and rout that side, then flip the piece, and use that to rout the other side also - ergo, two identical sides. Once I've got that done, I use strips of wood about 2" wide to make the whole thing. Glue a shorter strip, on a longer strip, making sure there is enough space in front of the shorter strip to be able to glue the rook. Then put the rook in place against the shorter piece, glue. When the glue dries, then trim the sides so they match the bottom edge of the rook. Rout ithe longer piece. All that's left then is another shorter piece, on either top or bottom really, but must match the bottom edge of the rook. This is what you will but the wood against, and tack down, when you rout out a chess piece. The pawn is about 2" or so tall, and the others larger accordingly. For now I just glue the routed piece on a base. Later I plan on making the pieces 2 or 3 layers thick, and for those I would be making a jig to hold them, because I do not really care to rout pieces that small by hand. Oh yeah, this setup with the 1/2" plywood can be used for 3/4" thick plywood as well. But if I was going to make a whole l ot of sets, I'd make new master jigs (or whatever you want to call them) out of 3/4" stock. Of course, if y ou had a bit long enough you could just make them to rout 1" stock, and do it in one step. Scrollsaw chess pieces? Not lately.
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Last edited by JOAT; 09-27-2012 at 09:45 AM.
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