Tips, Tools & Techniques eNote #34

Making Small Metal Parts in Your Woodshop. 

Making thin metal parts is a challenge in any shop. The parts can be hard to hold onto, and they can vibrate as you rout, drill, and cut the them to shape. Watch the video to see our machining tips, plus learn how to make a custom scale for a shop-built mortising jig.

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Previous videos that Feature the Shop-Built Mortising Jig

Loose Tenon Joinery, Part 1:

Loose Tenon Joinery, Part 2:

Loose Tenon Joinery, Part 3:

Loose Tenon Joinery, Part 4:

Loose Tenon Joinery, Part 5:

Mortising Jig, Dimensioned Drawings WS-MJDD-Plans

Router Mortising Jig Dimensioned Drawings

Looking for an easier way to cut mortises? Try this shop-built benchtop mortising jig. When mated up with a plunge router and a solid carbide straight bit, this jig will cut 1/8″ to 1/2″ mortises in stock thickness from 1/4″ to 2-1/2″ thick, up to 3-1/2″ long. It’s a perfect solution for loose tenon joinery. The dimensioned drawings include an 9-page plan with exploded views, parts views and a one page bill of materials and supply list.