Monday, April 9, 2012

Angle Madness! - The Jigs

Time for a flashback in the project... I created some jigs to accurately cut the compound angles for this diamond-shaped entertainment center; this video goes over the thinking behind the jigs and how to make them.

I used Bridge City's Angle Master Pro to mark and verify all the compound angles.  I have to say, I was thrilled that the cuts on the mock-up (both!) were so accurate as to not need any flush sanding, filling, "colorful language".

Hopefully there are some useful ideas in here for dealing with compound angles in your projects.

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  • Jim A said...

    Paul Marcel,

    You said,
    "The 1/4" MDF under the stock raises it above the fence. Otherwise the guide rail 'bridges' and you won't get a clean cut."

    Can't you just lower the fence to keep the guide rail from bridging?

    Or are you talking about not getting a clean cut on the bottom side of the board? If so, can you do the same thing by moving the fence a little to get a solid backing from the MFT (and I don't understand what you mean by "bridging")?



  • HalfInchShy said...

    The fence is the piece of aluminum in the back with the tape measure on it. That goes under the guide rail. It's about 5/8" thick so if I just put the 1/2" MDF under the guide rail, the rail would be 1/8" above the MDF near that fence; that actually gives the saw a lot of play and can make a sloppy cut.

    By putting the scrap 1/4" MDF underneath the 1/2" I was cutting, I have 3/4" stock under the guide rail and easily clear the back fence.

    I think the normal position for that fence on an MFT is under the guiderail so it isn't something particular with my modified setup. Even so, I get more utility from the taped fence going up to the cutline than to be able to cut really thin stock without an (overused!) backer.

    Hope that explains 'bridging'; it's the only name I could come up with. :)

  • ChrisHasFlair said...

    Dude, you're nuts. That is a ridiculous amount of calculations and planning.


  • Anonymous said...

    what are you using to lock the triangles down to the jig ?

    great video, cant wait to see finished project.

    David (runningwood)

  • rmac said...

    I tend to agree with Chris. But I can't really say anything because, well, I do the same thing.

    I like the "shim the triangles" trick.

    -- Russ

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Sorry, Runningwood... I saw the comment on my phone and thought to reply later with a real keyboard and ultimately forgot...

    All the hold down for the triangles is a 5/16" t-bolt coming up from underneath (the T part is in a recess created with 2 shallow 5/8" Forstner bit holes to keep the bolt from spinning) and a plastic knob to tighten down. It's from a kit of jig parts from Lee Valley; they have two: one for 1/4" bolts and one for 5/16" bolts. So nice to have on hand as there are bazillions of nut and knob sizes in the kit. Well worth it.

    The hold-downs are also 5/16" T-bolts recessed underneath the same way. Goes quickly to make the recess and it keeps it from spinning and keeps the bottom of the sled flush. I dropped a few more holes for holddowns as I did more of the mockup.