Most jigs that hang from the walls of woodworkers’ shops typical­ly provide a shortcut to a common task, from boring mortises to edge-gluing panels. As the previous chapters have shown, the most popular jigs are those that make a job easier and more accu­rate, or improve a tool’s performance. But even the most mundane of work­shop chores can benefit from a helping hand, whether you are moving large sheet materials around a shop or throw­ing some light on your work.

This chapter covers a collection of such shop aids. Some devices, such as feath – erboards and push sticks (page 125), are indispensable for every woodworking shop. Others are designed for more spe­cialized tasks, such as measuring and marking large circles (page 133) or prepar­ing thin or small stock (page 130). If you frequently work alone with large sheet materials such as plywood and particle­board, collapsible sawhorses (page 128) are as handy as an extra pair of hands, while an auxiliary overhead switch for the table saw (page 131) will make your shop a safer place. Even many of the sticky problems of finishing can be solved with a few simple devices (page 135).




Standard featherboard (page 125)

Also known as finger­board; presses stock snugly against the ‘ table or fence of a stationary too!


beveled featherboard (page 127)

Identical to standard featherboard, except the fingers are beveled so they press workpiece against both the fence and tabie of a stationary tool


Shimmed featherboard (page 127)

A standard featherboard supported by a shim so that fingers apply pressure higher on workpiece


Plywood carrier (page 130)

Features a handle and a lip for carrying large sheet materials like plywood and particleboard


Bench dog lamp support (page 137)

Fits into bench dog hole; features a hole to accommodate desk lamp


A spraying turntable allows you to apply a finish evenly without touching the workpiece or moving around it; the end table shown at left rests on four drying supports. As shown on page 136, the jig is easily built from plywood and a “lazy Susan” bearing.


Auxiliary table saw switch (page 131)

For turning table saw on and off when main switch is out of reach; installed near ceiling and wired to saw



Подпись: Planing jig for thin stock (page 131) For thickness planing of stock thinner than % inch; beveled cleats hold workpiece in place

SHOP AIDSCompass (page 133)

For drawing circles; awl is fixed to circle’s center and pencil draws circumference

V-btock jig (page 132)

Clamped to jointer table for cham – , fering a p workpiece q

Подпись: Vacuum screening ramp (page 133) Dust is swept onto ramp and falls through holes; hole in back accepts dust collection hose so that dust is sucked into collection system Подпись:


turntable (page 136)

Rotating platform using a “lazy Susan” bearing

Prying rj V supports \1-—-

(page 135) —

Support each corner of a piece of furniture during finishing

Stacking handles (page 135)

Tack-nailed to the ends of a board to enable both faces to be finished before piece У is left to dry; can be уууу stacked for multi – ууууу pie workpieces V/y*

Center finder (page 132)

Used to determine the center of a cir­cular workpiece

Shooting boards (page 134)

Подпись:Used with a plane to smooth end grain. Right-angle board (top) is for planing straight end grain; angled version (bottom) is used for mitered ends

Knock-down sawhorse (page 123)

Three-piece sawhorse which can be disassem­bled quickly and stored

Updated: March 18, 2016 — 3:47 pm