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I can’t say for certain yet but it looks like Leigh Jigs may have come up with a Gifkins buster. Today   is   only   Boxing   day   but   when   I   was   presented   with   this   jig   for   Xmas   I   was   extremely   pleased although   I   must   admit   that   I   was   not   necessarily   surprised   as   Chris   had   asked   me   what   I   wanted   the   fat guy to bring I pointed this out & she sent me off to Carba tec to buy it.   I   have   been   wanting   a   Gifkins   Finger   Joint   Jig   for   some   time   now   but   I   have   been   put   off   by   the   price and   to   a   lesser   extent   the   limitations   of   the   Jigs   available.      This   Leigh   jig   does   both   Dovetail   and   Finger joints in a number of different sizes and pitches.  it can also be used as a bench jig or a router table jig. Rather than having to explain, I will simply say that if you more info on this item go to:                                                                                                                      (The price is right too!) 26/12/2011
Mike   John   has   just   sent   me   this   webaddress   (http://www.microjig.com/)   and   suggested   that   I   have   a look   at   it.      I   have   done   so   and   while   I   admit   that   I   have   been   aware   of   this   Microjig   product   for   a   while now    I    am    very    impressed    with    the    setout    and    content    of    the    Microjig    site.        The    videos    and explanations   are   first   class   and   demonstrate   one   of   the   best   safety   appliances   available   for   use with   the   table   saw.      I   always   think   back   to   a   tagline   that   I   saw   on   the   Woodworkers   Forum when   referring   to   a   table   saw   blade   ...........   “Anything   with   teeth   that   big   must   eat   meat!”   This   product   seems   to   cover   that   problem   quite   well   and   also   seems   to   be   a   great   hold   down   tool   for accurate   cuts.      Click   on   the   image   at   left   for   more   on   the   device   or   click   on   the   image   at   right   to   go   to   the Australian supplier.
Glue Bottle Grip  I have a beef with most glue bottles. After only a couple of uses, the cap will stick shut. I finally came up with an easier answer to opening a sticky cap. The simple, shop-made grip shown in the photo at left makes opening the bottle a snap.  I made the grip from ½" plywood. I drilled a through hole for the cap and a counterbore to catch the lip of the cap (drawing at left). To install the grip, simply remove the cap, install the grip over the glue spout, and secure the cap back in place. Drilling Template          When it comes to drilling holes for shelf pins or supports, I’ll often wait until the cabinet is assembled. Then I use a ¼" hardboard or plywood template that registers against the bottom of the cabinet. This way, you’re guaranteed that the holes will be aligned for stable shelves that won’t rock or wobble. To drill the holes in the project above, I used a template for both rows of holes, as you can see at right. I started with a strip 3" wide. After laying out the locations on the centerline, you can drill the holes at the drill press. To use the template, just register the edge against the front or back of the cabinet and drill each hole. Smooth Roundovers  Using a roundover bit to create a bullnose or half round profile creates a problem when you can’t use the fence.  The second pass can leave a small ridge because you’ve routed away the flat bearing surface on the first pass. (lower left drawing).  You can sand away the ridge or use a bit with a radiused bearing for the second pass (lower right drawing and photo). Bevel Cut
Barrell   hinges   are   without   a   doubt   of   the   neatest   hinges that   can   be   used   on   small   boxes   but   this   can   be   a   bloody nuisance if you don’t get it right the first time.   Click   on   the   Graphic   at   left   to   go   to   a   Blog   edited   by   Kent Shepherd   who   has   put   up   a   great   article   showing   the   best way to do it right the first time.
Barrell Hinges
Normally making wooden hinges can be very time consuming and may require store bought jigs and other special equipment.  These hinges are simple to make and although they are fairlt chunky they will look very good in some areas........ Normally making wooden hinges can be very time consuming and may require store bought jigs and other special equipment.  These hinges are simple to make and although they are fairlt chunky they will look very good in some areas........
Have you ever spent an inordinate length of time setting up your router bits and then mess up a number of pieces of timber? Of course you have!  Well, here’s the answer.   They are not expensive and can be used to make some spares.
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