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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-07-2012, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Default Hello from Wisconsin!

Hi all,
I came across this forum looking for different ideas on how to make an easy to use router jig for dadoing in the steps of a loft ladder. I've been working at DMK Woods in Cottage Grove, WI for 11 years building custom furniture and mill work. This looks to be an excellent forum and I look forward to learning a few tips and tricks while hopefully helping a few fellow woodworkers along the way.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-07-2012, 04:54 PM
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A much shorter version of this jig for a circular saw cutting guide would work. RIP GUIDE FOR A SKILL SAW - YouTube
Just like in the video, leave the bottom piece wide enough so that you cut a little bit of the edge off on the first pass. That way you know where the bit is cutting. Just remember that it only works with that one size bit. If you screw an edge guide onto the bottom of the jig at the correct angle to lay against the edges of your stringers, you won't have to measure it every time. Just the spacing between steps.

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I agree - once over the initial shock, there is always a way to work around it. It's nice to have a wife to encourge me though it.
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Regarding cutting with a circular saw.
I took a long piece of MDF about 3" wide and ran it through my jointer making a straight edge.
I took a scrap piece of thin plywood (about 6" x 6"), butted it up against the MDF staight edge and cut it off.
Now I have a nice small offset template.

I mark the line I want (by razor blade would be ideal) and use the small template to locate the MDF straight edge to the correct offset and clamp the MDF down.
Saw against the MDF straight edge.

3/4" MDF is thick enough that I don't have to worry I'll "jump" the edge of it.

I put the template away with the circular saw.

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