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    Have you seen this router jig? Found and Shop Made

    I am usually the guy who can find something for you . . . well its my turn to ask. I have repeatedly seen this jig which consists of four aluminum extrusions (I think). In the catalog pic they are black and the picture shows a router sort of like what I show here. I plan to make one and just wanted a look at the commercial one before proceeding. Of course, I cannot find it to save my life

    The jig just creates an adjustable square or rectangle to act as a router template guide for rabbet recesses in picture frames and the like. I cannot find this darn thing anywhere although I swear, I stumble across it frequently when browsing supplier's catalogs. Am I just having a senior moment? Can anyone help me out with a source?
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    Any chance this is what you looking for.

    Its called a letter box jig

    http://www.diytools.co.uk/diy/Main/s...jig-lb-jig.asp
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    Is this what you are looking for ? Varijig System Adjustable Frame

    Link listed Under Routing Jigs or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtgbgwfBnak
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    Thanks for the replies guys. Ben, that's the one but, I still can't figure out where I have seen it. That's it, its definitely a senior moment. I probably NEVER saw it in a catalog. At any rate, here's my version made from MDF and some t-track I had up over the rafters if anyone is interested.

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    The "L" brackets screw into one arm and a hex cap screw snugs a t-washer into the t-track to set the size. This will be used with a template guide or very carefully with a bearing guided bit due to the slot in the t-track.

    Despite having boxes full of misc jig doo-dads, I will have to run to the BORG for the L-brackets. I'll post a pic when I get it done. Thanks again.
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    Shop Made Version

    This turned out better than it has any right to. Seems to work well. I'll know if any enhancements are required after the first few projects.
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    Very ingenious Glenn.

    I'm assuming you have something more than the the angle brackets keeping the sides from racking?

    Looks great!
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    Glenn, did you use this with a bushing or a bearing?

    I need to route out some recesses and this looks like a good way to do it. I like that it's adjustable. I think I might even have enough t-track to put something together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I am usually the guy who can find something for you . . .


    maybe we should call you Red.
    Last edited by Brent Dowell; 01-28-2013 at 12:02 AM. Reason: added close quote
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    Very slick solution, Glenn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Glenn, did you use this with a bushing or a bearing?

    I need to route out some recesses and this looks like a good way to do it. I like that it's adjustable. I think I might even have enough t-track to put something together.
    I used it with both. Even better, Sears had the original Trend unit on clearance, online for $40 so I snapped one up. The shop made one worked well though and was actually less fussy to setup than the commercial version ;-)
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