Thin Strips on the Table Saw

Introduction: Thin Strips on the Table Saw

About: My name is Tommy P, I'm a woodworker, a Vlogger and creator and host of The Shavingwood Workshop on YouTube. For more information check out

A simple shopmade jig for cutting thin strips on the table saw.

Step 1:

I always recommend watching the build video first so that you have a better understanding of the project

Step 2: The Body of the Jig

For the main body of the jig I used 3/4 inch oak.

Cutting one piece to 18 inches in length by 3 and 1/2 inches wide. The second piece I cut to 19 inches in length by two inches wide.

Step 3:

I then assembled the body of the jig as shown using glue and a few pin nails to hold everything in place until the glue dried.

Step 4: ​End Cap of the Jig

I used Walnut for this just to create a contrast.

The end cap of this jig is designed to hold a replaceable stop. This allows you to cut different thicknesses of strips safely. The measurements of this piece are shown in the drawing, the 1/4 inch groove is to accept the stop.

Step 5:

I attached the end cap with two counter sunk screws as shown.

With the end cap attached I installed the stop. The stop is just held in with a friction fit, I did not apply glue to this part so that it could easily be removed to be replaced.

Step 6: ​The Handle

The handle for this jig I shaped from Oak, my only real thought behind this design was comfort and it is really comfortable to use.

Step 7:

To attach the handle to the jig I used two screws that run through the bottom of the jig up into the handle.

The heads of both screws are recessed so they do not interfere with the operation of the jig when used.

Step 8: ​The First Cut

The jig is designed to use the table saw fence as it's guide. So once the fence is adjusted to the desired distance from the blade it is easy to cut as many strips as desired without having to set up for each cut.

Step 9: ​Final Thoughts

My overall thoughts on the jig at this point is that it works great, very safe and comfortable to use, The best part is the one time set up



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    49 Discussions

    The angle and length of handle will (should) vary according to your saw table height, your height and hand width. Find a handle you like the feel of and copy it as it's much easier than trying to make one from scratch


    2 years ago

    Nice but I wish you would have included the 1:1 patern for the handle.

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    thank you and I'm sorry for not having something like this, all I have is a template that I made from some 1/4 inch plywood many years ago and it has just become what I use anytime I need to make a handle.

    Thanks for the reply back. Here is an idea: just put a handle or the template on a copier and make a copy you could upload here. Everytime I try to free-hand a handle, I don't like the shape. Yours looks perfect!

    Free-hand the handle on paper first. You can adjust it at will before copying it to a board. Chances are you'll get a better shape this way - you have a chance of disliking and adjusting it before you actually cut it.

    This is a really great idea, unfortunately I do not have access to a copier. But this handle is a design that I always use and over the years I have received a lot of requests for it. I am going to add this handle design as a sketch up or pdf file to my website so that it can be accessed, and I will also up date the jigs that I have posted on this site as well with that file.

    Perhaps you could trace a pattern for a handle using a hand saw that has a grip you like. (Or use the handle from an old saw)

    sourdoughjim; Thant is a great idea that I have done before however, I was trying to get the poster to be complete in his instructions by including his great handle design.

    If you need a pattern, I've used Lee Valley patterns before:

    Lee Valley does have some great patterns, I did not even think of that. Thank you for sharing the link, that is a great idea.

    BretonImhauser;Thank you for the Lee Valley link. It was very kind of you to take the time to do that. Thanks again.

    Take an A4 piece of paper down to the hardware shop and trace around a saw handle or similar.

    Nice job, I want make it.

    Is there a recommended blade for this? I thought about making strips for a project but I always cringe at the thought of wasting so much material (total amateur woodworker here with only the blade that came with my cheap table saw)...

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    This looks great! My only question is for the operation. It's a little hard to tell from your video/pics but it seems like the strips are cut closest to the inside edge of the jig. When you finish the cut, does the blade go through the stop block?

    2 replies

    so in the end you end up having various stop sizes you can re-use as an insert? That wasn't clear for me either, good question from warehouse32 -:)

    Besides that, I like your style of shooting the vid, we cannot all be subtle, I for one am defenitely not -:)

    Great jig, I needed it just last week, managed to do the strips bur this jig I am going to make!


    2 years ago

    I stopped the video once you blasphemed. It wasn't necessary and added nothing to the content.