FREE – Simple Woodworking Jigs That Work


In many woodworking magazines, the only jigs written about are those with star knobs, threaded rods and sliding parts – jigs that require more pieces than a small chest of drawers. Those are for the jig-o-licous readers who want to build jigs. I want to complete projects.

Jigs used in my shop are simple to build, easy to use and increase production. (If you need a pamphlet to explain how to set up and use a jig, it’s my opinion that you shouldn’t use it.) The best woodworking jigs are used over and over, and can be used for multiple purposes.

As I scanned back through my last published article, I discovered that I had used seven simple jigs building the project. I’ll share six of those jigs – the seventh I’ve written about previously in this blog post (click here). Plus, there are drawings of the jigs (see the end of the article) so you can build them and put them to work in your shop.

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4 thoughts on “FREE – Simple Woodworking Jigs That Work

  1. “(If you need a pamphlet to explain how to set up and use a jig, it’s my opinion that you shouldn’t use it.)” It’s a shame we weren’t all born knowing everything like you were. About 60 years ago, when I was 8, I wandered into the woodworking shop of a Boy’s Club back in Detroit. The person who ran the shop showed me how to use the various tools and some pieces of scrap wood to make a small boat. It was my first exposure to wood working. I’ve made a jig or two over the years but unless I told you what they were for, you wouldn’t have a clue how to use them. I’ve learned a lot more over the years but I still don’t know all there is to know. We never stop learning until they place us in the proverbial wooden box and bury us in the ground. If we already know all there is to know, why do we need to read your articles or purchase your products?

    1. Gene,

      I’ve always said that woodworking is my passion and profession because there is always something to learn. (I’ve written a couple of blog posts on that very topic.) I stand by my words. If a jig is so complicated that it takes a pamphlet – a complete publication of generally less than 80 pages – to understand how it works, I’m not interested. If you would have register for a “Free” membership and read the entire article, maybe you would have garnered additional information along with a better understanding of my statement.

      I appreciate your story, and it’s great to hear that you have participated in woodworking for such an extended period of time.

  2. Glen, I’m sure it’s just a “typo” on the thickness measurements of the Bandsaw Dovetail Jig, where it shows the thickness of the base and support as 1/2″ and 3/4″ thickness. I’m assuming that it could be either because it would not change the concept or performance of the jig. Jim

    1. Jim,

      You did find a typo. But you are correct in that the thickness does not change the jig. I would consider using 3/4″ for the supports because it’s easier to hit with screws or nails during assembly. I hope you put the jig to work in your shop.


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