It is not long in your woodworking hobby or adventure that you soon come to realize the need for woodworking jigs. Your cuts are not true, your holes are not centered and when you go to put the whole project together, nothing lines up right! Oh the magic and gift of woodworking jigs.
Woodworking jigs have great value and an important place in the workshop as well as the home garage. Jigs are used to increase accuracy in cuts or hole drilling.They are used to line up series of repetitive cuts so there is no need for constant resetting of tools or workpieces. Woodworking jigs help increase the overall time spent on a project. Lastly there is the safety issue. Jigs are an excellent safety measure as well, insuring that our hands and fingers are protected or at a safe distance away from blades or drill bits.
You can build many woodworking jigs yourself. To me, that is part of the fun of woodworking! You can look around your shop and decide what jigs you may need for your particular project. Also you may think about shop tasks that you perform on an ongoing basis that may become easier or quicker if only you had a jig. Make a list. Think about all the different situations you find yourself in while woodworking and I'll bet you that can come up with quite a huge woodworking jig list! Look around wood magazines or the Internet for good ideas. That search will also jog your memory as to what situations you have been in where a good jig sure would have helped. I remember doing this once and I spent days, weeks just making jigs for my shop. It was a blast!
There are many situations where constructing your own jig would be extremely labor intensive or much to difficult to make. In this case you should seriously consider buying instead of making your own. There are many fine woodworking jigs on the market for every woodworking situation. Explore your options and have fun doing it. Is not that what woodworking is all about anyway?
Source by Christopher Norman