For those occasions when you need a stable way to hold a board on its edge, turn to a tool that’s as old as woodworking itself—the wedge. I fashioned the wedge stands shown at right from scraps of 2x6 and a 3/8x6" bolt and nut. To make the stand, cut a 7"-long chunk from the 2x6 and drill a 1/2" hole centere d 2 1/4" from the edge and 1 3/4" up from the bottom. This hole reduces the likelihood of the stand splitting once the wedge is cut out. Mark the cutlines for the wedge as shown in the
I have a 13" Ridgid thickness planer that is a tank. However, I can only plane up to that width, and it is unsafe to do anything end grain (in my personal opinion), so I have, for a long time, wanted to build my own jig. I chose to use MDF wood knowing that it was already very smooth, very easy to cut and rip into the right dimensions, and is quite cheap.
Nailing drawer boxes together used to frustrate me as I tried to steady the wobbly parts while keeping them aligned and trying to drive a nail. This clamping jig adds stability to this ungainly process. You can make the jig to whatever size best suits your needs, but the dimensions shown will accommodate very large and fairly small boxes. Build the jig from any type of scrap stock; you’ll find the star knobs and T-tracks at woodworking supply stores. —Lynn Lawrenz, Algoma, Wis.
Router Dado Jig In the course of my work as a contractor, I often need to build cabinets and bookshelves on site – without the luxury of shop tools. I gave up on the flimsy router fence supplied with the machine and made the jig shown in the sketch. The router base now slides between two fixed aluminum guides with no chance of slippage or accident. I used some salvaged …