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Quick-reference label demystifies jig's origins

What was that jig for? With this easy system, you'll remember what project it's from and how it works.

Over the years, I have accumulated quite a few shop-made jigs. Occasionally, I forget some of the finer points of the jig's operation and need a refresher course. The problem is that finding the jig's origins sometimes feels like an archeological expedition as I dig through my woodworking library.

My solution: Label each jig with enough information (title of magazine, date or issue number, and page number) to identify the original source. The clear self-sticking address labels (available at office supply stores) work well, and I can print them with a computer. Attach the label to the jig in a place that won't interfere with its operation, and cover the label with clear tape to keep the printing intact.

--Richard Rudisill, Harrisburg, Pa.


Comments (2)
wcparker1653307 wrote:

I just use a Sharpie to write directly on the jig. I include the magazine or other source, the date, and what it was made to do/build. Stickers fade and adhesive fails over time. Sharpie is always there.

11/5/2012 12:37:03 PM Report Abuse
brianhudson wrote:

Put a jig number on it, have a notebook with all the info to make, how to setup, how to use it and pictures of it in use.

11/1/2012 10:06:06 AM Report Abuse

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