Thin strip ripping jig
I've been meaning to make a thin strip ripping jig for a while now, since someone posted one they bought. I've kept all my fingers doing it the old fashioned way all these years but why push my luck when better technology is available?
This particular build is for a Unisaw which has a T slot for the miter slots. A 5/16" washer fits the T slot very well so I countersunk them for 5/16" flat head machine screws. I had a piece of birch hardwood that was about 1" thick that was a bit narrow so I decided to use 2 pieces glued together. This actually made building it easier as I cut the slots for the bolts on the table saw instead of doing it with a plunge router and once the slots were cut I glued the two halves together.
I decided it could use a little fine adjustability so I drilled and tapped one face for a 3/8 x 16 thread/inch carriage bolt and the opposite face I tapped a 6mm x 1mm thread/inch metric carriage bolt in case I'm working in metric (the metric one is what I had in my spare parts). Hardwood threads just fine with metal cutting taps but I used very slightly smaller drills than my charts called for. The carriage bolts I thought were a good choice as the domed heads are low drag and the square shoulders behind the heads make it easy to count turns for the fine adjusting.
There are many variations on this idea. This is only one of the possibilities.
Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
Last edited by Cherryville Chuck; 01-13-2016 at 03:23 AM.