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Joinery routing guide

Reach for your router and this jig to cut clean, accurate dadoes, rabbets, and half-laps.

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Start with a plywood base

Start with a plywood base

To make this jig, cut a 3/4x8x18" plywood base, shown in the drawing. Then cut the remaining jig parts from a 2x48" blank that's a hair thicker than your workpieces. Drill countersunk pilot holes and screw the 18"-long fence to the base with the edges and ends flush. Place a workpiece against that fence and butt the edge of the 13"-long fence against the workpiece. Drill and screw the 13" fence in place.

Quick Tip: Add shims for clearance. If you don't have a planer to size the fences thicker than your project parts, raise the fences by inserting kraft-paper shims to provide clearance. Now drill and screw one router guide 90° to the two fences and flush with the end of the 13" fence. Then place a scrap the width and thickness of your workpiece in the jig under the router guide and clamp it in place.

Continued on page 2:  Positioning the guides


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