Thin Rips the Right Way
Posted February 1, 2014
This jig is indispensable to me. I like it so much I am ordering a second one as my table saw and band saw are not collocated and I got tired of having to go fetch it. Setting this up so the thin strip is on the outside of the blade and not wedged up against the fence and moving the stock and fence each time to register with the wheel on this jig I get totally repeatable cuts. It says table saw but it is even better on the bandsaw for cutting very thin strips to use for inlay. Just a great tool.
This tool appears well built and...
Posted September 6, 2013
This tool appears well built and is much heavier than I thought it would be. It does a fine job of making repeat cuts of identical width. However, it is not without problems that make this jig more or less unusable for me. First of all, the fit of the miter bar in my miter slot is sloppy and there is no adjustment in the bar. This requires you to push the jig to either side of the miter slot and do it the same way every time. Secondly, cutting thin strips often require much greater precision that 1/16". My old, homemade jig is accurate to 1/64". Much trial and error is necessary until the width of the first strip is correct. After that, the subsequent strips are identical. A finer ruler would eliminate this problem. Lastly, cutting thin strips often goes hand in hand with very thin stock. The bearing is 5/32" above the table saw table, which means it will only work with stock that is at least 5/32" thick. The bearing should be mounted lower to allow for cutting really thin stock. This is potentially a good jig. For some people, it will work fine as is. With a few refinements, it can work fine for everyone.Editor's note: This jig features a locking miter bar Ernest. If you have slop or are having to hold the jig then you are not utilizing the locking miter bar feature. It is an expanding type bar that spreads when tightened.
Once you have the jig set...
Posted August 27, 2013
Once you have the jig set up on your table saw, it works fine. However, there's a glaring design error: the same knob that sets the cut width also locks the jig in place in the miter track. Therefore, if you remove the jig for any reason, the cut width setting is lost. To make the jig really great, there should be separate lock to hold the jig in the track and to set the cut width. I need the flexibility of being able to interrupt a series rip cuts without losing the cut width setting.
My neighbor decided he wanted to...
Posted June 1, 2013
My neighbor decided he wanted to build a strip canoe. I had the table saw. I was a little unsure about ripping 20' long red cedar boards into consistent 1/4" strips. Saw this jig and decided - for the cost - it would be worth a try. It worked and worked well. We even had to set it up again later to cut some more 20' boards and the strips came out just like the others.
Works as advertised, used it to...
Posted April 5, 2013
Works as advertised, used it to cut trim 1/4" thick strips from a Maple board - and they match!