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How to Make an Edge Joining Jig

MMM 115 – Make consistent perfectly straight edges on any board!

This jig is perfect for the woodworker who has a need for making straight edges from random lumber, but might not have the funds to invest in a jointer. It features an adjustable clamping system and a handle for easy maneuverability along the blade.

This crosscut sled is made from a recycled piece of 3/4" plywood, a 2×8 scrap for the handle, and oak for the clamps and runners. The cutting surface is just over 12" wide, and it features sanding paper on its face to better grip the board that's being cut.

Tools I use in this video:
RZ Mask:
Earmuffs:
Safety Glasses:
Table Saw:
Table Saw Blades:
Drill & Driver:
Drill Bits:
Spindle Sander:
Router:
Miter Saw:
Drill Press:

Wood Glue:
Super Glue:
Quick Clamps:

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37 Comments

  1. TJ'S WOODWORKING SHOP

    Good job my friend i like it good idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ouuuh Handy ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  3. Andreas Hรถtzel

    quite neat simple solution, Video could be 1-2 mins longer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Nice jig. I have really nice cast iron jointer. I picked it up at a yard sale for forty bucks. It’s 8 in. and looked like it was barely used. Have a good one.

  5. Nice! Could you also use that as a tapering jig?

  6. Home Craft Chronicles

    very nice indeed! is that an original design or patterned from something you saw. very cool either way. nice job buddy!

  7. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    Thanks! I suppose you could use it like that, but there are better designs for tapering. I’m happy to tell you that my tapering jig video is scheduled for September 7th ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    That is what you call a jackpot. I love looking around at yard and estate sales in the summer for quality old tools.

  9. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    Thanks Andreas!

  10. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    Aha!

  11. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    Thanks TJ!

  12. TJ'S WOODWORKING SHOP

    No problem my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    Thanks Tom! A little bit of both. I’m trying to incorporate adjustable things with this abundance of 2.5″ 1/4 bolts and wingnuts I have lying around, so the idea of having the holes on the bottom came to me and made sense. I haven’t found a similar jig with that setup on YouTube, but I’m sure someone has done something close. Only so many ways you can rehash a jig, you know ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I would like to make one of those at one point..along with a cross cut sled…someday….lol..oh hey did you see the new star trek movie?

  15. Great looking jointer. I love the clamping system.
    Very clever!

  16. cool jig. dude. i feel that your patreon sales script is a bit weak. just liking woodwork isn’t a reason to give you money. you are selling you, not woodworking. the best argument i heard on other channels was ‘If you enjoyed watching this how bout sending over the price of a coffee. if loads of viewers did that it would help me get to ‘… you’re selling entertainment. your product is good and you’re an honest guy but geez it’s a hard sell in this market. at this level patreon could be working against you. I’d recommend you don’t raise the subject so frequently. all the same keep up the good work

  17. Very nice sled, Chris. You can also modify it a bit and make it into a tapering jig too.

  18. Canadian Sasquatch

    Great sled idea! I think I need to get me one of those built. I do have a joiner, but it’s in, I don’t know what kind of shape, my buddy whom just moved away gave it to me and he didn’t use it for 10+ years himself. I expect it will require a bit of TLC to get up working nicely, not to mention I will need a base and space for it. Cheers!

  19. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    There’s always time! And yes, I saw the new movie on opening night. SO GOOD! It’s my favorite of the three new ones.

  20. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    Thanks Steve!

  21. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    Hey thanks for the input! I’m definitely open to trying something new. Let me know what you think of the changes I might make over the next month.

  22. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    Thanks Jim, I think you’re right!

  23. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    Hey, I know you’ll have fun fixing it up though, right?!

  24. Canadian Sasquatch

    Most likely I will have a lot fun getting it up and running (=

  25. no I don’t have one, but after watching this I think I will soon.

  26. Andreas Hรถtzel

    You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    That’ll be a good build for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Awesome, thanks!

  29. Kris,
    I’m buying a table saw (my first) in two weeks or so. I’ll be making your jigs.
    One question: that gets one side of the board straight but how do you do the other side? Maybe I missed something.

  30. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    Hey, congratulations on your big buy! You know, I’ve got a link to the very table saw that I use in my shop in the video description here. I highly recommend it. Anyway, to get the other side straight, all you have to do is remove the jig, turn the board around, and run it through the blade using your fence as a guide. Since the cut you just made on the jig is perfectly straight and vertical, you know that the cut you make on the other side using your fence will be perfectly parallel and aligned as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. I thought of that about 2 minutes after I posted this. D’oh! I told myself.

  32. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. I checked out your table saw. I need something smaller for my small space. I’ll be buying the one Darbin Orvar recommends, the DEWALT DW745.
    If it works for her, I should work for my stuff!

  34. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    sweet

  35. great idea and jig, nice video well presented

  36. MidwestManMountain Home & Garden DIY

    Thanks Garry! I’ve gotten lots of use out of this particular jig since last year.

  37. Keep up the good work and thanks

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