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Jigs for the vacuum system
We have made several jigs and fixtures to help us do every day chores.
Most of these are not our designs, however they are practicle and are worth having. They are made using Lexan,
which is pretty easy to work with, and can be found at plastic supply stores.
The first two pictures are right angle jigs, which will hold pieces perfectly
square, while we add screws. Notice the quick connect fittings at the end of the hose. They make them easy to
The third and fourth photos are dado jigs, and are also useful for biscuit
joiners. (Notice the blus tape with pencil marks, allowing us to align the bisquit machine very quickly). The
machine is held vertically with this set up. Also notice the cross pieces of foam tape in the middle of the
jigs. You'll see some of the backing has been left on the tape. This act as a valve, or gate, so we can use the
jig on different width pieces. We just bend the tape to allow the vacuum system to either stop at these gates,
or go beyond. while this looks rather crude, it is very effective.
The first two photos here show how we make our drill press inserts. Our drill
press has a recessed area which allows us to replace the insert quickly, once it has outlived it's usefullness.
We take 1/4" M.D.F., and rip it into 4" wide pieces. Then on the chop saw, with a stop, we cut them 4" long. Our
inserts are about 3 3/4" square. so with this jig and the vacuum system, we lay the M.D.F. blank on the jig, and
use the router to cut them to size. The process allows us to make a hundred inserts in about an hour.
The third photo is the jig we use for cutting slots with a biscuit joiner.
Simply lay the part on the jig, step on the foot pedal, to activate the vacuum, and cut the slots. Step on the foot
pedal to release the part. The fourth photo is a table top template. We rough cut the blanks, and with a router,
trim them to size. All of these four photos make use of a hole drilled into our
bench top. The hole in the jig allows enough vacuum pressure to suck the piece down to where it is firmly stuck to
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