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    slot jig???

    Any suggestions toward making a jig that would allow me to make an inch long slot every one inch along the edge of a board? I'm trying to make a 6' tall measuring stick to watch my son grow.
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    Look at a box joint jig.

    Basically a board attached to your table saw miter gage. Has a tongue that sticks out. In your case 1" wide and 1" from the edge of the dado blade. But it against it, make the first cut then place the dado slot on the tongue and just keep cutting.
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    Yeah that would work. I hadn't thought about using the TS for this. I started with router table and ran out of measurement after 16". How about a jig that uses a router.

    Thanks for your guidance!

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    Why not set up a box joint jig similar to those for a table saw so that you can run it on your router table? If you don't have a miter gauge slot you can add on with a couple of pieces of 1/2" mdf screwed or clamped to the table with a gap to form the slot.
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    use the table without the fence?

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    I think we're all assuming by 1" slots, you meant something like this:

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    Is that sort of what you had in mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Dane View Post
    use the table without the fence?
    Dunno if you are referring to the table saw or the router table, but there are a lot of occasions where you need to take the fence off a table saw. If you're crosscutting anything longer than the distance from your blade to the fence, you'd need to take the fence off. In its place, you use a miter gauge or a sled. (Its not wise to "freehand" wood into a table saw blade.)

    The same ideas would apply if you were using a router table. You still need something like a miter gauge to hold the stock steady, but there are times when you wouldn't want the fence in the way.

    In either case, for something like you're talking about, your miter gauge/box joint jig would hold the work steady as you pass it through the blade or router bit.

    And oh yeah...welcome to the forum. Keep the questions coming, and feel free to offer answers, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Dane View Post
    use the table without the fence?
    Yep. What Vaughn said.
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    Nope not like the picture...sorry. I led you in the wrong direction, although that's not a bad idea.

    I'm trying to take a 1x6x6' and make it appear to have slots like a ruler so the slots are on the face of the board not the edge. Currently, I have 72 slots cut on the face they are about an inch long and 1/8" deep. I've cut the each foot mark to 3 inches long. The slots are not perfect and I'm looking for an idea on a jig for the router that would allow me to move the bit and inch over a 6' board. The RT worked good for about the 1st 15" but then I ran out of slide on the LS17.

    SOrry I was clear on this.

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    So the slots you are trying to make are to look like the index marks on a ruler?
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