This guy knows about jigs and fixtures.
Was talking to @kile last monday… These are other guys that do very interesting things with jigs and fixtures for woodworking:
They also build some crazy machines that do awesome things.
If your tastes are a little more \m/etal (mine certainly are) you can’t go wrong with the CNC things that Luiz Ally does with Sherline machines.
@pierre We’ll talk soon.
If I can’t find my copies of the Wandell plans I purchased last year, I’ll be buying them again. I need to make a few simple fundamental things like sleds and featherboards for the tablesaw for the upcoming HCOS shop class in april/may, get a kit of hand tools hanging on the wall, and waste management protocols and infrastructure.
But. When the basics are in, and that class is rolling, I’ll be bringing in a nice big router with bits, making a pantorouter, and a box-making jig for the tablesaw.
I really want to make some templates for featherboards, zero-clearance inserts, pushsticks, router-base plates etc for the laser cutter… We should publish a bunch of that stuff to thingiverse. Because anyone with a laser and XX model saw from YY company could stand to download the zero-clearance template and laser out a stack of inserts from their scrap bin. 1/4" ply should be plenty. 1/8 might work.
@pierre I just did a zero clearance insert for my general cabinet saw, cut from 1/4", with set screws.
Izzy is at it again… He’s got a really neat fixture for turning a pile of identical parts quickly.
It is sort of lathe-like, but he’s turning the part very slowly for lathe work. He’s bringing the SFM back up by having a couple of power-tools mounted to the jig to maintain relationship between their actions. I really like the way he uses @Vaughn 's beloved arbortech tool to hog out the rough shape from a block of wood very quickly.
I bet if you wanted to knock out a set of matched stair spindles or something , you could bang together a version of Rick Sparber’s template follower: http://rick.sparber.org/pfpc.pdf for the ShopSmith in lathe mode. Laser cut a template for your spindle shape. Crank the lathe speed down into an appropriate range, and just run the arbortech down the follower pretty quickly…