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Building box/finger joint jigs has become a bit of a hobby among some woodworkers, like marble machines or complex mouse traps. They are admittedly complicated, but fun to build and really useful tools. I've designed several, but this one is my favorite. It will cut any joint configuration you can imagine, without any complicated setup or attachments to swap around. You don't need a dado set to use it, though using one will speed up the process. It will cut a joint up to 18" wide, and is compatible with any 10-inch table saw.
This workstation does it all. It begins with the t-track embedded top (which you can buy or make) that provides endless possibilities for work holding, tool mounting and more. Lift the top and slide it behind the cabinet using the innovative, spring-loaded tracking system and you reveal a downdraft sanding station. When you aren't using the workstation it is designed to serve as a table saw out-feed table. Did I mention the pull-out platform that nearly doubles the work surface, and the ample storage?
This tenon jig is yet another example of how you can use a homemade incremental positioner in amazing ways! It provides a positive stop every 1/6" (which can be micro-adjusted to the tiniest amount), making it impossible to set up the jig wrong, and making it easy to make many tenons that are all exactly the same size without laying them out individually. The accuracy and repeatability of this jig is unique in any homemade or even store-bought version- just check out the video below to see! But the best part is, it's inexpensive and easy to make using our detailed plans, complete with lots of photos and step-by-step instructions!
Stop sawdust boogers forever! This downdraft table is an all in one solution for a small shop with a big 20" X 30" work surface complete with an embedded t-track holding system. Not only will it tame the sawdust, it has countless other uses for securing your workpieces with clamps, stops, risers and hold downs for sanding, cutting, routing carving... the list goes on and on!
There are lots of ways to cut miters, but most involve setting the angle of a guide or jig. If you set it imprecisely, you'll have problems. Why not have a sled dedicated to the most common miter angle you use, 45-degrees?
This precise miter sled excels at cutting the parts for frames and boxes. The dual fences are reliably fixed at 45-degrees and they extend for long workpieces. There is a system of stops to make repeated cuts accurately, and a micro-adjuster to fine tune your project parts. It's the best miter sled out there, in my opinion!
NOTE- You may also purchase this as part of our three-sled set at discounted rate in the "table saw jigs" catagory of our project plans store.
This fence is truly unique with an innovative locking system that self squares to the blade, a micro adjuster for fine tuning your cuts, and an anti-kick-back European style with detachable extensions. Even the rails are made from wood! It's designed to fit any saw from small, bench top units to large cabinet saws, with or without side tables. There's even a built in pencil & accessory holder! (This project can be used on its own, but it is also designed to fit our deluxe table saw workstation)
This set includes ALL THREE of our deluxe table saw sled plans, including the large "Mega Sled," the more compact "Mini Sled," and the deluxe "Miter Sled", plus all the joinery jig attachments including a finger joint jig, a pair of dovetail jigs, a tenon-cutting jig, a jig for cutting spline slots to reinforce frames and boxes, and spring activated micro-adjusters to fine tune your cuts. It is by far the most capable table saw sled system around!
NOTE: The three sleds may also be purchased separately in the "table saw jigs" catagory of our project plans store.
This is the larger of three table homemade saw sleds I use in my shop. I call it the "Mega Sled" because it will do it all including crosscutting large panels and cutting various types of joinery. It includes plans for a clever system of joinery jig attachments including a finger joint jig, a pair of dovetail jigs, a tenon-cutting jig, a jig for cutting spline slots to reinforce frames and boxes, and spring activated micro-adjusters to fine tune your cuts. It is by far the most capable table say sled system around!
This large sled will work on any contractor's table saw or cabinet saw. It will also work on many portable jobsite saws. It may be too large for some small benchtop saws. We offer a smaller version of this sled, complete with all the same attachments in our web store.
You may also purchase this sled, our smaller version (for day-to-day work) and our special miter sled (for 45-degree frames and boxes) as a 3-plan set at a discounted rate in the "table saw jigs" catagory of our project plans store.
This is the every-day user out of of three homemade table saw sleds I have in my shop. I call it the "Mini Sled" because it it is a smaller, easier to pull out and stow away version of the big "Mega Sled" - but it is almost as capable. It includes plans for a clever system of joinery jig attachments including a finger joint jig, a pair of dovetail jigs, a tenon-cutting jig, a jig for cutting spline slots to reinforce frames and boxes, and spring activated micro-adjusters to fine tune your cuts. It is by far the most capable table say sled system around!
Note- the dovetail jig attachments are a little large for this sled. They will work, but they will hang off the edge. They work best on the larger version of this sled, which is available in our web store.
You may also purchase this sled, our larger version (for larger work) and our special miter sled (for 45-degree frames and boxes) as a set at a discounted rate in the "table saw jigs" catagory of our project plans store.
The Europeans have had a secret for years- their saws have sliding tops for easy and accurate crosscuts! We can buy attachments for our saws in the US, but they are EXPENSIVE. So why not make your own? This one mounts to the side of your contractor or cabinet saw (for smaller saws, use with the TS Workstation) and includes an adjustable miter fence, even a storage drawer. Great for working with plywood panels!
This is my version of an idea first presented in Fine Woodworking Magazine (Issue #178) by Richard Beebe. This taper jig works like a sled, securely holding your workpiece and keeping your hands safe throughout the cut, even for narrow tapers, such as chair legs. My version is a little different that his. It adjusts equally from both ends of the fence, and will cut wide panels as well as narrow stock.
This is the ultimate table saw improvement! Not only does it add a giant work area to your bench top or contractor style saw, it can be combined with some of our other homemade tools to create an entire workshop in a 4X8 foot area! There are also sixteen drawers, several storage shelves, and room for various other small machines. Add a bench top drill press and a mini lathe, you name it! (There's even a built in lumber rack, for goodness sake!)