Thin Strip Jig for the Table Saw

15,683

172

10

Introduction: Thin Strip Jig for the Table Saw

About: Hi there everyone! I have a huge passion to design and build things, preferably out of wood. And of course I love to share my projects on both Instructables and my YouTube channel so make sure to follow and su…

So at the time of making this jig I knew I was going to need to cut A LOT of thin strips of wood for a big project. And this jig does the job great! It allows you to cut as many strips of wood that are the same thickness as you can. All without moving the table saw fence. Not having to move the fence is a huge factor when you have to cut a large quantity of strips. In my case I cut well over 200 strips. Imagine having to move the fence 200 times! It would take forever!

Shop jigs do not have to be cool looking or refined. This one I made definitely does not but that's OK, it just has to work. And it does!

So take any scraps you have laying around the shop and put something together that generally follows the instructions I'll give in this post.

And by the way, the big project I mentioned was a 1000 piece cutting board. Link to that video is here.

Be sure to check out the above video to see this jig in action!

Supplies

Wood of your choosing. I used a scrap 4 x 4 fir post, a 2 x 6 pine board and a small piece of 1/4" thick plywood.

DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo

Drill bits

IRWIN Marples Forstner Bit Set

Table saw or Japanese Pull Saw Hand Saw

Jointer or hand plane

DEWALT Random Orbit Sander

Sand Paper

wood screws

Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue ( optional )

Band saw or Coping Saw

Bosch GKF125CEN Colt 1.25 HP (Max) Variable-Speed Palm Router

1/4" round over bit

The above links are affiliate links for some of the items I use. This
means if you purchase anything through these links I will receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. Just a small way to support my channel. Thank you!

Step 1: Prepare the Base.

In my case I choose to use a scrap piece of 4 x 4 fir fence post. I cut off a random length long enough that I knew it would support 10" of wood to be cut into strips. It came out roughly 17" long.

I then took it over to the jointer where I got the bottom and two sides at 90 degrees to each other. I wasn't concerned with the top. The top is just going to hold a handle and having it at 90 degrees to the side is not a priority.

The jointer does make quick work of this but this can all be done with a hand plane. It will just take longer.

Step 2: Prepare the Handle.

Using a scrap piece of 2 x 6 pine construction lumber, I first marked out its length in relation to the 4 x 4 post. Then I just hand drew out the shape of the handle.

At that point I went over to the band saw and cut down the line. I now have the basic shape of the handle.

The next step I took was to sand down the entire handle. Mainly to get rid of any sharp corners but it did help this jig to look a little better.

I then took a 1 1/4" forstner bit in my drill press and drilled out a hole that makes a nice thumb hole while holding the jig.

Last step was using a small 1/4" round over bit in my trim router I rounded off the edges in the hole.

Step 3: Attach the Handle.

For this step I simply lined up the handle on top of the base and then pre-drilled two holes through the handle into the base. One in the front and one in the rear. At that point I screwed in two 3" long wood screws. Wood glue is optional here. Nice and easy!

Step 4: Rear Support Piece.

I have no idea at this time what to call this piece other than rear support piece. This piece of wood is going to push the wood through the blade as you are pushing the whole jig forward. The dimensions of this piece really do not matter. Just as long as it is as tall as or taller than the wood that you will be cutting. And it's width just needs to be about as wide as the base plus more to stick out the side. Allow for plenty more as any extra will be cut off in the next step.

But first counter sink two holes ( or at least pre-drill ) and then secured the piece to the back end of the jig with two 2" long wood screws. I would not glue this piece as you can always make another one if a different size is needed on another project.

Step 5: Set Up and Use the Jig.

Now all that's left is to set up the jig. I started by first grabbing a thin strip of wood that I already had at the right width. Using that piece I slid my table saw fence and the jig close to the blade until the piece of wood just fit between the jig and the blade. Then I tightened down the fence.

Now the extra width of the rear support piece can be cut off.

Another option if you do not already have a thin piece of wood to measure by is to just start cutting thin strips. Start thicker and keep sliding the fence closer to the blade until the desired thickness is achieved.

And the jig is now ready to use! Simply put your prepared wood up against the jig when it's closest to you. Turn on your saw and push forward with the jig. Only light support is needed sideways against the wood being cut but still a push stick would be best here. Safety is paramount here while doing this so please do this at your own risk. Remember, the table saw is one of the most dangerous tools in a work shop.

Step 6: Put Those Thin Strips to Work!

All you have to do now is use all those strips in a project. I would love to see what you come up with!

Be the First to Share

    Recommendations

    • Summer Fun: Student Design Challenge

      Summer Fun: Student Design Challenge
    • Water Speed Challenge

      Water Speed Challenge
    • Pets Challenge

      Pets Challenge

    10 Comments

    0
    jeanniel1
    jeanniel1

    12 months ago

    Is it because of kickback that you wouldn't use the fence to make the thin boards? Plus it being hard to push through. So, what are the 1,000+ thin boards for? Parquet flooring?

    0
    LTDWoodworks
    LTDWoodworks

    Reply 12 months ago

    Ya, mainly because it would be hard to push through and the risk of the thin piece shooting back at you. This method is a lot safer. All the strips were for my 1000 piece cutting board. Check out my other post on the build of the board.

    0
    chrisehlers2x
    chrisehlers2x

    1 year ago

    Thanks for tip. I watch Colin too. I was very nervous watching you push the wood into the blade. Be careful my friend

    2
    belcher1
    belcher1

    Tip 1 year ago

    Great job. Slot your back piece and use a knob to give adjustability and you can make any size.

    0
    ArthurJ5
    ArthurJ5

    1 year ago

    Looks perfect for making fretboards. Thanks for a great idea!

    0
    LTDWoodworks
    LTDWoodworks

    Reply 1 year ago

    No problem! But I can't take full credit. I'm just spreading my knowledge that I have learned from others.

    0
    paleogirl
    paleogirl

    1 year ago

    Pretty genius! I made a more complicated jig that works well, but I have to move the fence of course. Soon as the shop I use opens again, I'm making one of these. Thanks!!

    0
    LTDWoodworks
    LTDWoodworks

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you!

    0
    kekker70
    kekker70

    1 year ago on Step 6

    Thanks, I use a lot of thin wood & this will save
    me a ton of Money.

    0
    LTDWoodworks
    LTDWoodworks

    Reply 1 year ago

    Glad I could help!