Thursday, November 5, 2015

Router Jig

In an effort to further both the Liquor Cabinet, and the Farmhouse Table, I spent about 30 minutes creating a Router Jig.

The jig is used to cut dado's, grooves, and square out edging.

The routing table that I was able to use did not produce the results that I would have liked, so I decided to leverage my existing router (Milwaukee 1 3/4 Hp router), and build a square jig.

Router bits can be used to run edges when ball bearings are installed, and will follow the edge of materials.  

I used a scrap piece of plywood from my ADHDiY Fails to build the jig.  I ripped two 3-1/2" boards from the scrap piece using my table saw, with the overall length of each board is 18".  If I need a longer groove, I can extend the jig as needed.  I used a 6" metal speed square, and clamped it to the bottom strip, ensuring that it stayed square as I screwed the top piece down.

I used 4 1-1/4" drywall screws to secure the strips together.

I marked the centerline of the router on the edge of the jig, since I will be using various-width router bits, and a single groove will not set the appropriate width. 

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