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    • CommentAuthorlitherland
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2009 edited
     
    I know you have made a lot of jigs for yourself over the years, is there a book or somewhere you would recommend to go to get diagrams and such?
    I have seen about a half dozen tenon jigs and don't know which is best or box joint fixtures; if you read all the pre-made fixture & jig information, they are soo much better.
    Thank You
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      CommentAuthorNick
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2009
     
    Why, of course I can recommend a book on the subject. Several, in fact. You might want to go to Amazon.com and type in "Nick Engler jigs" -- sixteen books will come up. My personal favorite is "Making Jigs and Fixtures," which will probably be first on the list. If you follow the links to: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0875966896/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used you'l find that you can get a hardcover copy for as little as 44 cents. Not a bad price, even though the author is completely irreverant and somewhat full of himself.

    As for box-joint jigs, I 'll publish the best one Jim McCann and I ever designed here tomorrow as a Tip o' the Day, complete with plans. Or you can find it in "Nick Engler's Weekend Projects Plus" on page 63. Slightly more expensive ($3.30) at http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/087596785X/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&qid=1251944762&sr=8-11&condition=used .

    As for your assertion that store-bought jigs are necessarily "so much better" than ones you can build yourself; well, it's amazing what a good advertising copywriter can make you believe, isn't it?

    With all good wishes,
    Nick
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    Thank you and I did buy your book.
    • CommentAuthorrwooddvr
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2009
     
    Hi Nick,
    I'm having trouble locating anything about the box-joint jig you talked about here. I'm sure I'm missing something easy, but I'm missing it nonetheless. Help?

    Thanks for doing the website. I hope it continues to grow and work for you.

    Best wishes,
    Rick W.
    • CommentAuthorlv2wdwrk
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2009
     
    Here is a link where you can find a jig for finger joints.

    http://www.shopsmithacademy.com/SS_Archives/SS102/SS102_Precision.htm

    Place cursor over the 8, then right click on the image shown and choose "save image as".

    Hope this helps.
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