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I am in the process of building a chest of drawers for SWMBO....

I have finished the dust frames and put dadoes and rebates into the side of the ply.

Then I decided that Ply was a poor choice so went out and bought some Jarah veneered MDF.

I also decied that I wanted to make my mistakes on the jigs and not on the chest of drawers

As I want to make sure the dadoes and rebates were "spot on", I decided to make 2 new jigs.

One was a 'housing' jig inspired by Ron Fox in the UK
 

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part deux

The other was a variable spacing dadoe jg I have seen many times on Youtube and the 'net.

The first two pictures are of the jig being used before I finished it....

Both Jigs were great exercises in ways to use the router hand held.....:dance3:
 

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The only time you have too many jigs is when you run out of room to store them. Mine hang from hooks in my shop ceiling. The shorter jigs hang over the work and walk areas while the longer jigs are located over machines or near the walls. I have so many that I've begun to run out of hanging space and I've started to write on the lesser used ones to help me remember what they are for. I'm 5' 10" tall and don't have any problem with them overhead, but significantly taller friends tend to complain when they visit.

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Can a man have too many jigs? No! Although in my game jigs are often made as one-offs to be used and discarded at the end of a job (don't think I'll ever have a need for that 4715mm radius curve template again.....)

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I'm sure that you'll know what Bj's answer to that question will be James! It's looking good, but that Bunnings plywood, owch!
 

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BJ, Bunnings is a supplier in Oz and the veneered MDF is $$$.
 

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No way, I have some jigs that I may never ever use again, but they are running around in my sheds I still see them time to time
 

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For me, space will be a concern as well. I only have a few so far, and not much room for many more. I did spend this weekend doing some fall cleaning. Also bought a small shed, (more like a locker) to move a few more things out of my shop and give me more room for scrap lumber that I've aquired from my neighbors house raising and improvements. Pretty much everything in my shop is to do with woodworking. With the exception of two containers. One with electrical stuff and one with plumming. Everything else in there is woodworking.
 

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BJ, Bunnings is a supplier in Oz and the veneered MDF is $$$.
Sorry to disappoint Harry and yourself, Mike

The ply was from "Mr Ply&Wood', a specialist supplier in Sydney.
But I agree with Harry "owch"

The 4 x8 sheet of 17mm veneered MDF was $A163. so you can see why I don't want to waste any.
 

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You will never have to many! The project dictates the need for a jig At that cost, I would not throw it away! It will,may, might be needed again. Or, a newer project could use the jig again, some day.
 

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Some jigs I use once and then recycle them, others I keep just in case. It's fun when fellow woodworkers stop buy and ask about the jigs and what they are used for.
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" Bunnings plywood " = ?????

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Over the years Bob I've had to sort through full stacks of plywood at Bunnings stores in an effort to find even one half decent sheet. I'm envious when I see American members using perfect plywood. There is a timber firm not far from here that used to sell quality plywood but when asked recently why they stopped, the answer was they couldn't compete with Bunnings prices.
The first of the new MASTERS home improvement stores is about to open in the east, it's an amalgamation of our Woolworths and your Lowes so it should be very interesting.
 

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Hi Harry: If You can all support the place that sells the plywood, and run Bunnings out. It's the only way to recoup the good stuff.! It is the only way that the People can have the power!
 

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I very rarely build furniture, but rather build prototypes of inventions. To me, routers are extremely versatile for a wide variety of wood and plastic work. I use some jigs so often that I have jigs that help me to make other jigs, but around here we call them fixtures; as "jigs" are for fishing! Just joking - call them whatever works for you. I use square-drive screws on most of mine because they often are "one of a kind" and useful for only one project and then become firewood after the SD Screws are removed for reuse. OPG3
 

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The guy from whom I bought the veneered MDF used to be a "Mr Ply&Wood" franchise.

He claims he has gone independent as the ply supplied via Mr P&W was inferior quality (s%#&). - the previous lot was from Brazil.

He also has available Baltic Birch ply, but needs to get that from another wholesaler - I did not ask the price on that.
 

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Over the years Bob I've had to sort through full stacks of plywood at Bunnings stores in an effort to find even one half decent sheet. I'm envious when I see American members using perfect plywood. There is a timber firm not far from here that used to sell quality plywood but when asked recently why they stopped, the answer was they couldn't compete with Bunnings prices.
The first of the new MASTERS home improvement stores is about to open in the east, it's an amalgamation of our Woolworths and your Lowes so it should be very interesting.
My brother-in-law came over today with a piece of wood that he wanted me to reduce in thickness. he had just paid $10.00 for it at Bunning's and assured me that it was the best piece in the rack! Roll on the competition.
 

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My brother-in-law came over today with a piece of wood that he wanted me to reduce in thickness. he had just paid $10.00 for it at Bunning's and assured me that it was the best piece in the rack! Roll on the competition.
Harry, that is why go to Trend Timbers if I want to buy anything apart from shop grade ply or 19mm pine.

But do you really believe the new competition is going to sell better quality timber.

I fear they will just jump on the same level as Bunnings. I hope I am wrong

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Too many jigs? Probably not.
Routers, drills and saws do very little on their own; jigs/fixtures are critical.
Saved the ancestors of this 3rd generation fence for lesser duties.
Always upgrading. Often I find the setup time with the new jig saves all the time I spent to create the bugger.
 
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