ROUTING. AND SHAPING JIGSПодпись: Freestanding shaper guard (page 33) Triangular cutter guard with view hole for freehand shaping ROUTING. AND SHAPING JIGS

Since its invention early in the 20th Century, the router has become one of the most popular portable power tools—and with good reason. Few tools can match its speed, accuracy, and ver­satility for shaping wood or cutting joints. But jigs are almost a necessity; although the router can be used free­hand, most cuts require a guide—par­ticularly repeat cuts.

The jigs featured in this chapter pro­vide various ways of obtaining quick and precise results from your router. Some, like the dadoing jigs shown beginning on page 16, reduce the setup time for simple procedures. Others, like the lap joint jig on page 27, allow the tool to produce multiple copies of the same joint in a few minutes. A relatively new woodworking development, vacuum- powered accessories (page 34) elimi­nate the need for conventional clamps when routing patterns using a template. The vacuum pump is also useful for securing featherboards to a router table. All of these jigs are easy and inexpensive to build.

The router’s larger cousin, the shaper, can perform many operations better than the smaller tool, but it is generally regarded as one of the most dangerous tools in the typical woodshop. A shop – made featherboard (page 32) and guards (page 33) will make it a safer tool.

Aided by a simple jig, a table-mounted router cuts a perfect box joint.

Fence-mounted shaper guard (page 33)

L-shaped guard protects user during fence – guided shaping operations; features view hole

Corner half-lap joint jig (page 27)

Used for routing cor­ner half-lap joints


Sliding dovetail jig (page 26)

Used with router to cut both parts of sliding dove­tail joint; holds router hor­izontally and eliminates need for router table


Hinge-mortising jig (page 22)

Clamped to edge of workpiece to rout hinge mortises


Movable-jaw mortising jig (page 29)

Adjustable jaws ensure that cut is centered on the edge of stock


Panel-raising jig (page 24)

Used with router to bevel paneI edges; holds router in horizontal position, supporting paneI on a broad table


Adjustable mortising jig (page 2&)

Holds workpiece edge-up for cutting mortises


Corner-rounding чччч jig (page 25)

Curved template guides router to round cor­ners of work



Подпись: tect user from cutter ROUTING. AND SHAPING JIGSROUTING. AND SHAPING JIGSAdjustable circle­cutting jig (page 20)

Used with router to cut circles. Screw is fixed to center of circle; radius determined by distance between screw and bit

Compass jig (page 20)

Hardboard fixture attached to router base plate to guide tool around circular cuts

Adjustable routing ‘A; guide (page 25)

Подпись: Quick-setup 'Ijy dadoing jig (page 13) Consists of two L-shaped edge guides for routing dadoes; guides rest flush against opposite sides of router base plate
Подпись: Shaper circle-cutting jig (page 31) V-shaped jig guides circular stock during shaping operations

Adjustable edge guides used with router to cut rectangular grooves; tern plates can be added to rout patterns

Подпись:Adjustable dadoing jig (page 19)

Secures workpieces of varying widths for dado cuts s’

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