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    Drawer planing jig

    Hi

    Took a few shots tonight of last night's wee project. I'm going to be making a few drawer boxes out of pine. I decided to go 7/16" thickness on the backs and sides. This is not to save money on materials (I'm resawing 3/4" S4S stock for this), but because it'll make the drawers look lighter, give me a tiny bit more space, and make the dovetailing easier.

    I tried using a bevel head screw as a planing stop, but it's not stable enough for me (or vice versa). I wanted something that would hold the pieces securely in one place.

    I think you'll get the idea just by looking at the pics. There are a couple of hardboard cams on dowels that can be adjusted for different widths of stock. The oak strips are planed to about 5/16" so I can check my scribe line, and the strip at the end has some fine finish nails nipped off short. They keep the piece flat on the "deck". The dowels on the bottom fit into my dog holes.

    That is all
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails jig top.jpg   jig btm.jpg   corner detail.jpg   smoother.jpg   finished.jpg  

    All the best,
    Ian G

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    Nice,
    it's always good to see simple innovation.
    paulh

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    Nicely done

    Now THAT is using your head! Good idea!

    I just finished making a couple bench jigs as outlined in Norm Priollo's FWW article. I made the "thin stock planing sled" and added a removable wedge to it. I think your idea would work a lot better.

    You really should submit this to a magazine. It's definately worth it.
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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    Thanks guys :)

    Hi,

    Thanks for the nice comments. I had no idea I was covering ground that Nahm Abrams had already gone over.

    Planing sled is probably a better name than "drawer side planing jig", which is what I called in my head. If I was to build one for a magazine, I'd have to build a much prettier one with nicer materials -- my knotty chunk of fir ply wouldn't cut it
    Last edited by Ian Gillis; 01-07-2009 at 08:17 PM. Reason: speelung
    All the best,
    Ian G

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